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Virginia Intermont Equestrians show strong at National Competition in N.J.

Holiday Tournament of Champions Dec. 2013
Holiday Tournament of Champions Dec. 2013

Virginia Intermont College equestrians  finished 6th overall out of 25 teams at the national Holiday Tournament of Champions which invites the top colleges in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competition. The annual competition was held Saturday, Dec. 7 at Centenary College, Long Valley, New Jersey, the second in a three-part series of tournaments leading to a series championship. In individual results, VI riders also showed strong.

This particular tournament was being called “mini Nationals” by Bob Caccione, IHSA founder and President, because of the sheer number of very strong teams present; all the major players in collegiate riding were represented. The VI riders were, as always, very competitive and the team was actually in a three-way tie for 5th, and the tie breaker system put them in 6th.  In addition to their talent and dedication, Coach Heather McCloud said, “All team members represented VI fabulously in their behavior, class, and their obvious camaraderie. The VI equine team is a fun group of student athletes – as proven by spending 24 hours stuffed in a van together!”

Results from Dec. 7 – National Holiday Tournament of Champions:

Top Ten Team Results:

1st- Mt. Holyoke “Lyons”

2nd- Centenary “Blue”

3rd- Randolph College

4th- Boston University

5th- Del Val College

6th- Virginia Intermont

7th- University of Massachusetts

8th- SCAD

9th- University of Delaware

10th- Virginia Tech


Also competing were teams from:

Cazenovia College

Centenary “White”

Drexel College

Goucher College

Lafayette College

Mt. Holyoke “Blue”

Penn State

Rutgers University

Sacred Heart

Stevens Institute

Tufts University

University Of Findlay

University of Wisconsin

Vanderbuilt University

West Virginia University


Individual Results:

Danielle Clark- 5th in Holiday Tournament Medal

Ashleigh Ramey- 2nd in Intermediate Flat

Lizzy Tirado-Perez- 6th in Intermediate Over Fences

Meaghan Lanham- 5th in Novice Over Fences

Bailey Halverson- 1st in Novice Flat

Karissa Donohue- 3rd in Walk Trot Canter

Chris Mendoza- 5th in Walk Trot

Morgan Workman and Danielle Clark

Morgan Workman and Danielle Clark



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