WEYERS CAVE, Va. - The Bridgewater College equestrian program entered two squads in Saturday's Tournament of Champions show at the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center and the teams finished first and second against some of the top riding squads on the East Coast.
The Bridgewater College equestrian team also ended the Tournament of Champion series of three shows as Reserve Champion. The Bridgewater riders finished the three-show series just one point behind Virginia Intermont College.
Bridgewater's Crimson Team edged the Gold Team for the title at Saturday's Tournament of Champions. Delaware Valley placed third, followed by Berry College, St. Andrews, Mary Washington, Penn State and Ohio University.
Taylor Rose led Team Crimson to the title with first-place finishes in both Open Over Fences and Open on the Flat. Adrien Green also won her class, placing first in walk-trot. Lauren Casey placed in two classes, finishing second in Intermediate on the Flat and fifth in Novice Over Fences. Leslie Allen added a second-place ribbon in walk-trot-canter. Rounding out the scoring with sixth-place finiishes were Emmy Rhodes in Intermediate Over Fences and Juliana Peterson in Novice on the Flat.
Pacing Team Gold to reserve champion honors with first-place efforts were Kayla Deyarmin in Intermediate Over Fences and Alex Szucs in Novice on the Flat. Coming in with second-place finishes were Katie Peach in Novice Over Fences, Claire Rosso in walk-trot-canter and Shea Sutherland in walk-trot. Emily Manos placed in two classes with a fifth in Open Over Fences and a seventh in Open on the Flat. Danielle Wolklin rounded out the scoring for Team Gold with a seventh-place finish in Intermediate on the Flat.
The Tournament of Champions hosted at the BCEC was a huge success, according to Bridgewater director of riding Jerry Schurink. "The show ran smoothly, the horses were great, and the grandstands were at maximum capacity all day. The arena was comfortable, compared to the outside climate, and the BC equestrian team and club did a great job putting on the competition."