WEYERS CAVE, Va. – The Bridgewater College riders finished in second place Wednesday afternoon at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Equestrian Championships hosted by the Eagles at the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center.
The show consisted of three classes – two classes over fences and one on the flat. The scoring was based on a 7-5-4-3-2-1 system with the winner of the class receiving seven points. Each team fielded four riders over fences with the top three scores counting. On the flat, two riders competed for each team with both scores counting.
Washington and Lee University claimed the team title with 17 points, edging Bridgewater by a single point. Sweet Briar placed third with 14 points, followed by Randolph with 10, Lynchburg with five and Hollins with four points.
The Bridgewater riders took the early lead by winning the first class over fences with a total score of 253.88 points. Emily Manos led the Eagles with an average score of 86.8 from the two judges. Kayla Deyarmin had an average of 83.1 while Taylor Rose scored with an 84.0 average. Sweet Briar was second after the first round over fences.
W&L was fourth after the first round of competition, but the Generals rallied to win the second round over fences with a team total of 251.8. The Eagles maintained the overall team lead with a second place finish in the second round. Deyarmin led the Bridgewater riders with an 82.8 average, followed by Kaitlan Parker with an 81.9 score and Rose with an 81.5 margin.
The championship was decided on the flat and the Generals came through with another first place finish to finish first in the team standings with 17 points. W&L's two riders – Laura Lemon and Claire Stevenson – posted identical scores of 86.5 for a total score of 173. Bridgewater needed a second-place finish to tie the Generals in the overall standings, but the Eagles finished third on the flat behind Sweet Briar. Rose posted an average of 86 on the flat while Parker finished with a score of 79.
All four Bridgewater riders who competed in the championship show earned a spot on the All-ODAC team. The all-conference team featured the Top 10 point scorers in the two classes over fences. Manos was fifth in the individual standings with Deyarmin sixth, Rose seventh and Parker 10th.
W&L took home three of the conference's top honors. Stevenson was named ODAC Rider of the Year and Caleigh Wells was named Rookie of the Year. Generals head coach Gordon Reistrup was tabbed ODAC Coach of the Year. Hollins rider Cecelia Parks was selected ODAC Equestrian Scholar-Athlete of the Year in voting by the conference's sports information directors.