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USCA riders earn high-point team at equestrian event

November 4, 2017 GMT

USC Aiken’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Hunt Seat Team earned top honors during a sister school’s event, which featured teams from throughout the region, according to a news release from the university.

The Pacer equestrians participated in USC Columbia’s annual two-day fall show at Three Fox Farm and came home as the high-point team on the second day. USCA earned 34 points, beating out both Clemson and Carolina, which only scored 31 points apiece on day two. Other competitors included Georgia Southern, the College of Charleston, Furman and other universities.

The young team had only eight of its 15 competitors participating. Other schools had more riders. Columbia and Clemson averaged approximately 40 members, said Michelle Hodge, staff adviser for USCA’s IHSA team.

“The girls are great riders, and we are always ‘in the ribbons.’ But it usually takes having a few riders in each class to make high-point team,” Hodge said.

USCA’s riders competed well in individual competitions as well, Hodge said.

USCA’s results

Day 1:

• Class 8, Open Fences (A), fifth, Brooklin Kuipers, Aiken

• Class 8, Open Fences (B), fifth, Christine Rhodes, Aiken

• Class 7, Open Flat, third, Brooklin Kuipers

• Class 7, Open Flat, fifth, Christine Rhodes

• Class 5, Intermediate Flat, sixth, Annie Bond, Summerville

• Class 4, Novice Fences, first, Cheyanne Gray, Beaufort

• Class 4, Novice Fences, sixth, Heather Bartlett, Elgin

• Class 3, Novice Flat, third, Heather Bartlett

Day 2:

• High-Point Team, USCA

• Reserve High Point Rider, Brooklin Kuipers

• Class 8, Open Fences, first, Brooklin Kuipers

• Class 8, Open Fences, third, Christine Rhodes

• Class 7, Open Flat, second, Brooklin Kuipers

• Class 7, Open Flat, sixth, Christine Rhodes

• Class 5, Intermediate Flat, second, Heather Bartlett

• Class 4, Novice Fences, third, Cheyanne Gray

• Class 4, Novice Fences, fourth, Heather Bartlett

• Class 3, Novice Flat, first, Cheyanne Gray

• Class 3, Novice Flat, fourth, Jessica Wymbs, San Jose, California

• Class 3, Novice Flat, sixth, Yasmine Bedenbaugh, Gilbert

• Class 2, Walk Trot Canter, third, Mattie Kemp, Aiken.