EQUESTRIAN CAPTURES NATIONAL CROWN!

Left to right: Annalee Cooley, Emily Lambert, Elizabeth Poczobut, Mallory Hammer, Sarah Cooper, Elizabeth Ellis & Allie Robertson.
Left to right: Annalee Cooley, Emily Lambert, Elizabeth Poczobut, Mallory Hammer, Sarah Cooper, Elizabeth Ellis & Allie Robertson.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Berry College western equestrian team captured another IHSA National Championship on Sunday.

After four days of competition, the Vikings ended tied in points with St. Anderews (N.C.). The teams will share the national crown.

On Saturday, Emily Lambert placed eighth in the Beginner Horsemanship. Elizabeth Poczobut showed in the AQHA High Point Rider Horsemanship and placed sixth in the first phase. 

On Sunday, Poczobut competed in the reining phase of the High Point Rider class and marked a score of 137.5. She finished fifth for the high point rider of the competition.

The first rider of the day for the team competition was AnnaLee Cooley. She won the Advanced Horsemanship class, sending Berry into the top of the team competition. Allie Robertson then placed fifth in the Intermediate Horsemanship.

Prior to the last class of the team competition, a number of top teams were within a few points of one another. Poczobut rode strong and placed second in the team Open Horsemanship class.

The top six teams placed within a few points of each other, making a very tight race for the National Championship Title. The championship is the third national title in five years for the Berry western team, and is the second in a row as the Vikings were the defending champs.

Pictured below: Annalee Cooley. Emily lambert, Elizabeth Poczobut, Sarah Cooper & Allie Robertson.