Ten Teams to Compete at the Inaugural USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship at the Virginia Horse Center

Members of the UGA, Clemson and UK teams

Members of the UGA, Clemson and UK teams

Lexington, Va. - The inaugural United States Eventing Association (USEA) Intercollegiate Eventing Championship begins today at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va. Beginner Novice through CCI* level riders from ten colleges and universities around the East Coast make up ten teams that will compete for the title of Champion.

"History is being made here with the first ever intercollegiate eventing championship. I can't wait to look back 20 years from now and think how this is the day it all started," said USEA CEO Rob Burk.

"The college riders that are here this weekend are the future of the sport, and the USEA is proud to partner with the Virginia Horse Center to make this possible for intercollegiate eventing and for the sport as a whole."

The following teams are competing at the Intercollegiate Eventing Championship:

CLEMSON TIGERS
Sarah Pyne / Call Me Commander - CCI*
Samantha Hay / Tre' Jolie -Training
Anna Fogerty / Dunlavin Fox - Novice
Alex Peterson / Willie Wiggins - CCI*

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA RED
Devon Olivier / Karisma - Training
Emily Cardin / Schwalbestrum - Novice
Emily Cox / FR's Check It Out Now - Training
Kaitlyn Ruff / Shadowfax - Training

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA BLACK
Katie Harivel / Counterpoint - Training
Johannah Crumpton / Tip Share - Novice
Erin Jarboe / Arsiero - Novice
Morgan Barnhardt / Come and Get It - Novice

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Ellen Bouchard / Gibstar - Beginner Novice
Melissa Fox / Diamond Legacy - Training
Alex Reed / On Broadway - Training

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
Jordan Litter / Timekeeper - Novice
Jennifer Price / Timely Fashion - Training
Rachael Miller / Tough Enough - Novice
Claudia Romeo / Little Valkyrie - Training

AUBURN
Lydia Kennedy / Subtle Dream Unveiled - Novice
Andrea Glazer / Arctic Fernhill - Training
Sallie Johnson / One Moore Miracle - Training
Kaley Bush / Cooper - Training

BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE / AVERETT
Zach Hinch / Chamaco Loci - Novice
Michaela Bragg / Prado-Gee - Beginner Novice
Amelia Bayer / Road to Redemption - Prelim
Alex Argentieri / San Marco (Averett) - Training

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY / TRANSYLVANIA
Michaela Yowaiski / Darla Doll (UK) - Intermediate
Renata Petraitis / Tappin' to the Music (UK) - Training
Charlotte Pruet / Valadour (Transylvania) - Training
Abby Blackburn / Joy Girl (Transylvania) - Novice

BRIDGEWATER / CLEMSON
Amelia Bayer / Handsome Devil (Bridgewater) - Prelim
Sarah Pyne / Quintessential (Clemson) - CCI*
Kaitlyn Bardos / The Myth of Arion (Clemson) - Training

COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY / UVA
Melissa Fox / Command Approval (UVA) - Training
Lily Barlow / Tullymor's Houdini (Columbus State University) - Beg Novice
Erin Chalmers / Light the Lights (Columbus State University) - Novice

To account for differences in level difficulty, each rider's score is multiplied by a coefficient appropriate for their level, and then the individual scores are added together to determine the team score. Only the best three individual scores will count towards the team score, so teams of four will have one "drop" score.

The coefficient system that will be applied at the Championship is as follows:
Beginner Novice: 1.1
Novice: 1
Training: 0.9
Preliminary: 0.85
Intermediate: 0.75
CCI*: 0.75

The team with the lowest score at the end of three phases will be named the 2016 Intercollegiate Champion. Team ribbons and prizes will be awarded through fourth place.

The Spirit Award will be given to the college or university that shows the most school spirit and best decorations in the "College Town" stabling complex. Students will show their school pride by decorating both an approximately 12'x12' designated space in the East Concourse as well as in their stable area.

To learn more about additional upcoming events at the Virginia Horse Center visit www.horsecenter.org




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