LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Berry College Equestrian team took eleven riders to the 2017 IHSA National Championship in Lexington, Ky. this weekend, finishing fifth overall as a team. The Vikings' weekend was headlined by Allie Robertson and Emily Lambert who took first place in their respective events.
On Thursday, Madison Eiberger competed as the lone Hunt Seat rider starting the team out competing in the individual Novice Equitation on the Flat. Eiberger was named honorable mention making her one of the top 16 Novice Flat riders in the nation.
AnnaLee Cooley started the western team off by competing in team reining earning ninth place on Friday. Sarah Cooper followed up her performance in Novice Horsemanship taking fifth place for the Vikings, earning points in the team standings. Capping off Friday, Elizabeth Ellis rode as an individual in Open Horsemanship to finish fifth in the nation.
On Saturday, AnnaLee Cooley started the morning off with an honorable mention placement in individual reining making her one of the top 12 reining riders in the nation. Mary Catherine Hix then rode in the team Beginner Horsemanship receiving a fourth place for the Vikings. Teammate Emily Lambert took the top spot in the individual event for a national title.
Wrapping up the event this afternoon, Mariel Wrench competed in Advanced Horsemanship for the team winning seventh place, as well as individual Novice Horsemanship where she came in tenth place. Allie Robertson then took first in team Intermediate Horsemanship.
Both Courtney Woodard and AnnaLee Cooley rode in individual Advanced Horsemanship finishing sixth and eighth, respectively. Alex Sievenpiper then rode in individual Intermediate Horsemanship coming in sixth place.
Elizabeth Poczobut finished 16th in the nation for the AQHA High Point Rider in addition to finishing sixth for team Open horsemanship to close out the event.