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Intermont Equestrian IHSA Team Takes Team Champion Honors Sunday At Home

-photo courtesy of Mandy Snow
-photo courtesy of Mandy Snow

BRISTOL, Va. – The Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College IHSA Team made it three-straight wins in dating back to Sunday, October 23 as they swept their weekend doubleheader with another victory on Sunday. The Wasps won 11 sections of competition while taking second in three others.

Saturday Update
- After consultation with the judges following Saturday's competition, one of Virginia Tech's riders was disqualified. As a result, Emory & Henry won the overall show with 43 points while Virginia Tech was reserve champion with 41 points.

The Basics
TEAM PLACE – 1st/12 - 45 points 
LOCATION – Bristol, Virginia; Emory & Henry College Equestrian Center

The Results
- Senior Nick Martino (Bel Air, Md.) and sophomore Francisco Caba-Guil (Almería, SPAIN) both won their sections of Open Equitation on the Flat and Open Over Fences. Junior Sydney Casady (Harriman, Tenn.) was third Over Fences.
- In Intermediate on the Flat, junior Jane Mikusa (Crystal Lake, Ill.) picked up a win while junior Billie Henard (Kingsport, Tenn.) claimed fourth.
- Freshman Maddie Bonner (Powhatan, Va.) won her section of Intermediate Over Fences while freshman Kira Boerst (Seymour, Wis.) was fourth.
- Freshmen Carley Gunnell (Purcellville, Va.) and Katie Maharis (Howard Beach, N.Y.) took first in their sections of Novice on the Flat while Bonner was third.
- In Novice Equitation Over Fences, senior Odessa Thacker (Yorktown, Va.) earned another win while Henard was second and Mikusa placed fourth.
- Senior Victoria Lustig (Galisteo, N.M.) won her section of Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter while junior Galen Reyes (Hixson, Tenn.) was second in his first competition in the class. Freshman Cara Brooks (Suwanee, Ga.) claimed third.
- In Walk/Trot Equitation, sophomore Taylor McMichael (Lexington, Va.) won her section while senior Allison Smith (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) was second.
- In Alumni competition, Morgan Sollenberger (Concord, N.C.) won her Over Fences section and took second on the Flat to qualify for regional competition.

The Awards
- Emory & Henry took the team championship with 45 points while Averett University as reserve champion on 42 points.
- Virginia Tech placed third (36 pts.) while High Point University (32 pts.) was fourth.
- Martino claimed High-Point Rider of the Day honors finishing first in a four-way tiebreaker while Wake Forest's Victoria Latham was named Reserve High-Point Rider of the Day.

Next Up
- The Intermont Equestrian IHSA Team will travel to Virginia Tech for a doubleheader on the weekend of Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19.
- That pair of shows will signal the end of the regular season for IHSA competition.


Team Results

Place   Team             
C.   Emory & Henry
RC.   Averett
3.   Virginia Tech
4.   High Point
  Wake Forest
6.   UNC Greensboro
7.   Ferrum   23
8.   Appalachian State
9.   UNC Asheville
11.   Lenoir-Rhyne
12.   Western Carolina


Intermont Equestrian IHSA Team Takes Team Champion Honors Sunday At Home