Berry Finishes In Fourth-Place Tie at IHSA National Championships

Berry Finishes In Fourth-Place Tie at IHSA National Championships

Berry College's Western equestrian team finished in a fourth-place tie at the 2012 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday.

Four Berry riders were in action Sunday, three of whom participated in the team events.

Andrea Smith secured the Vikings' top finish of the day, placing second in the Open Western Horsemanship class. Amy Cherry finished third in Intermediate Western Horsemanship and Antonia Van Os was sixth in Advanced Western Horsemanship.

Berry's Becca Cochran finished ninth in the Individual Novice Western Horsemanship class.

Additionally, Smith finished 12th in the American Quarter Horse Association High Point Rider class.

Berry, which entered the show as the defending national champion, tied for fourth in the team standings with St. Andrews College with 17 points.

Oregon State claimed the national title with 24 points, two more than second place Ohio State. Nebraska finished two points ahead of Berry and St. Andrews.

Findlay (16 points), West Texas A&M (10) and Alfred (7) rounded out the top seven.

While the Vikings were unable to successfully defend their 2011 national crown, they did leave with a national champion on the roster. On Thursday, Kristin Brennan won the Novice Equitation on the Flat event in the Hunter Seat championships.

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