AIKEN, SC (11/02/2017) The University of South Carolina Aiken's Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Hunt Seat Team earned top honors during a sister school's event, which featured teams from all over the region.
The Pacer equestrians participated in USC Columbia's annual two-day fall show at Three Fox Farm and came home as the high-point team on the second day. USC Aiken earned 34 points, beating out both Clemson and Carolina who only scored 31 points apiece day two. Other competitors included Georgia Southern, College of Charleston, and Furman, among others.
The young team had only eight of its 15 competitors participating. Other schools had more riders; Columbia and Clemson average approximately 40 members, according to Michelle Hodge, staff advisor for USC Aiken's IHSA team.
"The girls are great riders, and we are always 'in the ribbons,' but it usually takes having a few riders in each class to make high-point team," Hodge said.
USC Aiken's riders fared well in individual competitions as well.
USC Aiken's Results @ USC Columbia IHSA Show
Class 8: Open Fences (A) 5th -- Brooklin Kuipers, from Aiken, SC
Class 8: Open Fences (B) 5th - Christine Rhodes, from Aiken, SC
Class 7: Open Flat 3rd -- Brooklin Kuipers
Class 7: Open Flat 5th - Christine Rhodes
Class 5: Intermediate Flat 6th -- Annie Bond, Summerville, SC
Class 4: Novice Fences 1st -- Cheyanne Gray, from Beaufort, SC
Class 4: Novice Fences 6th -- Heather Bartlett, from Elgin, SC
Class 3: Novice Flat 3rd -- Heather Bartlett
High-Point Team: USC Aiken
Reserve High Point Rider - Brooklin Kuipers, from Aiken, SC
Class 8: Open Fences 1st - Brooklin Kuipers
Class 8: Open Fences 3rd - Christine Rhodes, from Aiken, SC
Class 7: Open Flat 2nd - Brooklin Kuipers
Class 7: Open Flat 6th - Christine Rhodes
Class 5: Intermediate Flat 2nd - Heather Bartlett, from Elgin, SC
Class 4: Novice Fences 3rd - Cheyanne Gray, from Beaufort, SC
Class 4: Novice Fences 4th - Heather Bartlett
Class 3: Novice Flat 1st - Cheyanne Gray
Class 3: Novice Flat 4th -- Jessica Wymbs, from San Jose, Calif.
Class 3: Novice Flat 6th - Yasmine Bedenbaugh, from Gilbert, SC
Class 2: Walk Trot Canter 3rd - Mattie Kemp, from Aiken, SC