2012-13 SERIES SHOWS
Septmber 22 - Preseason Classic at Goucher College,
December 1 - Holiday Tournament - location TBA
January 26, 2013 Winter Classic at Chatham Hall,
Mount Holyoke Wins 2012 SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
CENTENARY RULES AT 2OTH ANNIVERSARY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT!
Tournament of Champions collegiate team tournaments celebrated their 20th Anniversary event in December 2011, and the carefully selected host site turned quickly into a home team advantage as Centenary College squeaked out the victory over Mount Holyoke College, 37-35. Centenary and Holyoke were tied with 15 points apiece after three jumping classes, a huge lead over everyone else. Centenary – the 2011 IHSA National Champion - and Mount Holyoke led the pack from the start, but others closed the gap later in the day, including the 2010 Tournament Champion Delaware Valley College, who finished with 31. Also in the hunt were the Goucher Gophers, who won both the Walk Trot and Walk Trot Canter to quietly pull up to 4th Place with 28 points. The scores bounced back and forth all day, and Mount Holyoke held the lead going into the final team class of the show. Holyoke was finished with all their point riders and sitting on their 35 points, while Centenary had 33 points with a rider in the final class. Centenary needed a 4th Place to win the show. They got a 3rd from Jessica Pabst to ice the lead, to go along with two blue ribbons from Cori Reich, and blues from Brooke Nestor and Amy Priest for the White Team, in addition to Beth Scovetti for the Blue Team.
As impressive as was Centenary’s team championship, the story behind the story was more impressive. As the host of the event, Centenary was the only college allowed a Team B – they competed under Team White and Team Blue. Coach Michael Dowling’s Team Blue was actually tied for 1st Place after the three jumping classes, and had a strong enough showing to finish 7th Place out of 25 very good teams in the Tournament. Even more impressive, Centenary claimed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places in the collegiate Medal, in which each team presents their best rider for a medal format class. As the host, Centenary had extra entries and used them wisely.
While Cori Reich had won both flat and fences classes for her team, Katie Haley led the way for Centenary’s medal contingent. The Orchard Park, New York sophomore led from start to finish, tallying the high flat phase score, then called back to test last, and retaining the top spot to the awards ceremony. Cory Reich was Reserve Champion in the Tournament Medal, and Kelsey Bernini took 3rd Place. The other rider in the final test, finishing in 4th Place, was Ciara Menkens, who had won the Medal for her Del Val team a year ago at the 19th Annual Tournament. Mount Holyoke finished 6th place in the Medal with senior Margaret Swanson.
The Equestrian Talent Search high school aged Medal hosted 24 riders that were selected out of the Equestrian Talent Search clinics. The top spot went to Samantha Genise, a senior from Freehold, New Jersey. Sam had placed lower in the ribbons in the previous two Tournaments, and finally had the breakout performance that coaches were anticipating. Among her awards, Samantha won a $5000 scholarship to Virginia Intermont College, although she is now entertaining several options.
The Tournament Judge was Heide Casciaro, USEF R from Chicago area. Heide was carefully selected to judge the anniversary Tournament because of her close historical ties to IHSA. Riding for Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, Heide is remembered as one of only a handful to win the IHSA’s Cacchione Cup (national medal championship) twice, in 1985 and 1987. Her name appears on the perpetual trophy right between Beezie Patton Madden and Peter Wylde… not too shabby.
Centenary was hosting the Holiday Tournament for a record 5th time. Tournament of Champions Producer Jim Arrigon reminisced that, “…Centenary hosted the 2nd Annual Tournament – the first that was truly a national level event. I remember the old indoor arena was decked out with Christmas decorations, trees and wreathes, all the way up the stairs and the length of the balcony that runs all the way down one side of the indoor arena. I can picture the students lining the balcony from one end to the other, leaning on the railing and watching the show from above. Centenary won that year too, riding for Coach Kerry OConnell.”
The Tournament of Champions circuit continues January 28 at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Prior to Centenary, the Tournament had begun the season with the Preseason Classic at Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio in September. The final award of the season, at Mary Washington, will be the 2012 Series Championship, awarded to the top scoring team for the series. Current leaders for the Series Championship are Mount Holyoke with 58 points, followed by Virginia Intermont with 48 and UMass with 43. Other leaders may emerge following the final show, as the championship is earned by the top total of the best two or three show scores.
For more information about Tournament of Champions or Equestrian Talent Search, contact IHSA National Secretary Jim Arrigon, email@example.com
Photos are attached – all photo credits to
Steve Maxwell, Edtor – www.campusequestrian.com .
Champion – Centenary College, Team White 37 points
Reserve Champion – Mount Holyoke College 35
3rd – Delaware Valley College 31
4th – Goucher College 28
5th – Skidmore College 24
6th – Savannah College of Art and Design 24
7th – Centenary Team Blue 23
8th – Penn State 20
Virginia Intermont 20
St. Andrews 12
Sacred Heart 9
Virginia Tech 9
New Hampshire 6
University of the South 5
West Virginia 5
Tournament of Champions (college) Medal
Champion – Katie Haley, Centenary College
Res. Champion – Cori Reich, Centenary College
3rd – Kelsey Bernini, Centenary College
4th – Ciara Menkens, Delaware Valley
5th – Kelly Sullivan, Tufts
6th – Margaret Swanson, Mount Holyoke
7th – Casey Larusso, Stonehill
8th – Kelly Campbell, Skidmore
9th – Rebekah Schrafe, Lafayette
10th – Danielle Clark, Virginia Intermont
Equestrian Talent Search (high school) Medal
Champion – Samantha Genise, Freehold, NJ
Res. Champion – Skylar Laasko, Medfield, Massachusetts
3rd – Lucy Hart, Lexington, Kentucky
4th – Kate Krolick, Sharon, MA
5th – Morgan Schneider, Hillsborough, NJ
6th – Ryan Wilson, Colts Neck NJ
7th – Molllie Kowalchik, Loveland Ohio
8th – Caroline Becker, Branchville, NJ
9th – Erica Glancey, Newtown, PA
10th – Hallie Nichols, Solebury PA
2011-12 Tournament Series Championship Leaders
Mount Holyoke 58
Virginia Intermont 48
Virginia Tech 29
Additional results upon request.
Mount Holyoke Slam Dunks at Tournament of Champions Winter Classic!
How good was Mount Holyoke at the January 28, 2012 Winter Classic? It was Class 11 before one of their riders placed lower than 2nd! Felicia Harrasch started the show with a win in Class 1 Intermediate Flat, followed by Lexie Lohrer winning Class 2 Open Fences, and Holyoke was off and running! Other winners for Mount Holyoke included Hanna Thornton in Open Flat, So Jin Lee in Walk Trot. Holyoke raced to a 42 point day – the second- highest point total in Tournament history!
With the Winter Classic win, Mount Holyoke secured the 2012 Tournament of Champions Series Championship, which they were leading even before coming to Virginia. This is the second time they have taken home the big Series Champion cup – they had it last in 2008. Could this be one of the best teams for Coach CJ Law? She has coached three National Champion teams, the last one in 2006.
While Holyoke was pulling away from the pack, the pack was trying to catch Virginia Intermont’s two teams. While VI Team Gold had more winners – 2 blues in Novice flat and fences from Ashley Ramey and Rory Mueller, Team Black was more consistent, and ended up the Reserve Champion, 33 to 32 points. Team Black got a blue ribbon from Kayla Akers. Intermont was allowed two teams because they brought many of the horses for the show, as did Lynchburg College, who made it a little more obvious which team held the first string. Lynchburg’s “Pulled Pork” team flirted with the leaders for awhile before finishing in the ribbons at 8th Place. The “Beef Brisket” team? Not so lucky. Coach Matt Arrigon said his team spends a lot of time at the local barbecue joint.
Delaware Valley College made another strong statement with a solid 4th place finish. The Aggies have finished 4th or higher in five straight Tournament shows. They have a strong history at Winter Classic, having been champions of the 2010 event, and Del Val’s Ciara Menkens was Medal Champion at 2011 Winter Classic.
Other teams in the ribbons at the end of the day included 5th Pace Virginia Tech, always one of the top teams in Tournament of Champions competition despite seemingly being the permanent 2nd pace team in their region behind Virginia Intermont. Saint Andrews University finished in 6th pace, and Cornell finished in 7th pace, a point ahead of Lynchburg’s Pork. (Interesting side note: Cornell coach Chris Mitchell had been introduced in a press release earlier in the week as the new coach at Randolph College, the Virginia facility where Lynchburg College team trains alongside Randolph College. He will make the move to Lynchburg, Virginia next summer.)
While Mount Holyoke raced away to the 2012 Series Championship, Virginia Intermont narrowly edged out Delaware Valley for Reserve Champion. Those were pretty clearly the top 3 teams of the 2011-12 Tournament of Champions season, although for those keeping watch on the top rated IHSA teams it should be noted that the Holiday Tournament Champion- Centenary -was not able to make the trip to Virginia for the Winter Classic finale. Previously this season, the Tournament of Champions Preseason Classic was at Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio; Holiday Tournament of Champions was at Centenary College in New Jersey.
That Del Val’s Ciara Menkens won the Tournament of Champions Medal is not a shocker – she defended her championship after winning the same class a year ago. The shocker is that she won after she was standing in 3th place on Judge Woody Dyers’ card when they came back for the final test. Intermont’s Blake Roberts tested first, then Ciara Menkens second. Both nailed the test which included a hand gallop jump, followed by a trot jump, two simple lead changes down the centerline, and a sitting trot to the gate. Everyone sat up to pay attention when Cornell’s Katie Fink refused the trot jump in her test, and were stunned when Penn State’s Brendan Weiss – testing in first pace – also stopped at the trot jump, propelling Menkens to the top of the class. Others in the top in the Medal included Intermont’s Danielle Clark in 5th Place, and Katie Hanson from Saint Andrews in 6th.
The Equestrian Talent Search Medal involved high school aged riders chosen out of the ETS Clinics held six times annually. All the riders were college recruiting prospects who wanted to be seen by the coaches involved in the show. The winner of the class, Meghan Hynes of York, Maine, won a $5000 scholarship to Virginia Intermont College. The ETS Medal is held three times a year, at each of the Tournament of Champions shows.
The host for the event was the University of Mary Washington at Hazelwild Farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Horse providers were UMW, Virginia Intermont, Lynchburg College, and Goucher College. The weather was sunny and 50 degrees. The judge was Woody Dykers, USEF “R” from Alpharetta, Georgia.
Tournament of Champions will begin the 2012-13 season with the Preseason Classic in September at Goucher College in Baltimore.
Champion: Mount Holyoke College 42 points
Res. Champ. Virginia Intermont, Black Team 33
3rd Virginia Intermont Gold Team 32
4th Delaware Valley College 27
5th Virginia Tech 27
6th Saint Andrews 22
7th Cornell 21
8th Lynchburg Pulled Pork Team 20
Penn State 15
Sweet Briar 11
New Hampshire 10
Mary Washington Blue Team 9
Mary Washington Grey Team 3
Lynchburg Beef Brisket Team 2
2011-12 Tournament of Champions Series Champions
Champion Mount Holyoke College 77 points
Res.Champ Virginia Intermont 61
3rd Delaware Valley 58
4th Virginia Tech 47
5th Goucher 45
6th UMass 43
7th Cornell 38
8th Penn State 35
Tournament of Champions Medal
Champion Ciara Menkens, Delaware Valley
Res Champ Blake Roberts, Virginia Intermont
3rd Brendan Weiss, Penn State
4th Katie Fink, Cornell
5th Danielle Clark, Virginia Intermont
6th Katie Hanson, Saint Andrews
7th Kelly Gerland, Lynchburg
8th Flynn Vickowski, Mount Holyoke
9th Margaret Swanson, Mount Holyoke
10th Danielle Miranda, Lafayette
Equestrian Talent Search (high school) Medal
Champion Meghan Hynes, York, Maine
Res Champ Christina Martinelli, Oxford, Connecticut
3rd Emily Dunn, Manassas, Virginia
4th Jenna Boillotat, Hanover, New Hampshire
5th Maggie Kelleher, Lynchburg, Virginia
6th Sophie Bish, Charlotte, North Carolina
7th Emily Curran, Katawah, New York
8th Cara Hundley, Ellicott City, Maryland
Photo attached: Mount Holyoke wins! Left to right: C.J. Law (coach), Margaret Swanson, Felicia Harrsch, Lexie Lohrer, Hannah Thornton, Abby Raucher, Samantha Stone, So Jin
Lee, Nell Maynard, Maddi Shortt and Flynn Vickowski.
Photo attached: ETs Medal Champion Meghan Hynes accepts the VI scholarship from Coach Eddie Federwisch and Gwen Arrigon of Tournament of Champions
Photo Credits: Steve Maxwell, Princeton, New Jersey
More photos and info about Tournament of Champions and Equestrian Talent Search:
Jim Arrigon, firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS at Centenary College, New Jersey
December 5, 2009
Centenary College , the 2009 National Champs, placed 1st AND 2nd at the Holiday Tournament, but the surprise team was Matt Arrigon's Lynchburg College team finishing in a tie for 3rd place out of 28 teams! Matt (left) formerly coached the IEA high school team here at Beckett Run!
CENTENARY ROLLS THROUGH
HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Hackettstown, New Jersey, 12/5/09
It was a return to comfortable normalcy for the big guns of collegiate riding, and at the same time a breakout performance for some young and inexperienced teams intent on making a name for themselves on the national stage that was Holiday Tournament of Champions. This year’s Holiday Tournament was hosted by the 2009 National Champion team, December 5 at
Centenary College in New Jersey
. The outcome was impressive, if not predictable – Centenary’s two teams finished Champion and Reserve Champion of the 28 teams in attendance. Centenary’s Lindsay Mohr, currently leading the region for Cacchione Cup points, set the pace by winning the first class of the day, giving her “Team Jacob” the early lead and they never looked back, amassing an insurmountable lead by mid-day. Lindsay Clark, 2009 National Cacchione Cup Champion, followed Mohr’s lead, winning Open B section as well. Coach Michael Dowling’s Centenary team clearly dominated the 2009 Holiday Tournament, winning seven of the sixteen classes between the two teams and scoring an amazing 43 points – unheard of in this level national invitational.
The next 8 teams were separated by only a blue ribbon in the end, and included the Lindsay Clark’s Centenary “Team Edward” bringing home the Reserve Championship with 25 points.
Following that was a three way tie for 3rd place, which included two teams of Mount Holyoke College
, who had a team National Championship in 2006, sandwiched between Reserve Championships in 2005 and 2007. Coach CJ Law’s Holyoke team was the 2008 Tournament of Champions Series Champion, and one of the most consistently successful collegiate programs of the decade. Their team balance is evidenced by their two teams tying with 22 points apiece.
Tied with Holyoke was Lynchburg College , a hot upstart in their first year of national level competition, coached by Matt Arrigon. Lynchburg competes in the highly competitive western Virginia region that includes Hollins, Sweet Briar, University of Virginia , Randolph , Bridgewater
, etc. The young Lynchburg team finished the fall semester with Reserve Champion and Champion performances, and now has gained national attention with their performance at the Holiday Tournament. Sophomore Kelly Gerland led the way for the Lynchburg Hornets, placing 3rd in the open fences, and later grabbing a 6th place in the Tournament of Champions Medal class.
Mount Holyoke brought home the 3rd and 4th place ribbons by way of the tie breaker, which was the number of blue ribbons won. Lynchburg took the 5thplace ribbon home to Virginia
Virginia Intermont finished in 6th place with 20 points. Intermont is never far from the top of the standings, having won the IHSA National Championship in 2004. ’06, and ’07. They have won the Tournament of Champions Series Championship all but two years in the fifteen year existence of the trophy. After a slow period the past couple years, Coach Eddie Federwisch is excited about his group of freshmen this year and anticipates a VI resurgence in the national standings.
One point back of Intermont was two more impressive young teams that are turning heads this year in collegiate riding. Virginia Tech and The University of the South, or “Sewanee”, as they are known all across the south. Sewanee won that tie breaker to gain the 7th Place
ribbon, while Tech took home the 8th. Virginia Tech had previously brought home the Champion Trophy from the Tournament of Champions Preseason Classic in September. Sewanee Coach Megan Taylor is excited about her young team this year that includes a cast of star freshmen to join an already solid team. Olivia Schubert and Kaylee Beauchamp both took blue ribbons for Sewanee in Intermediate flat and fences, and Samantha Strouss took 2nd place in the open fences.
Following are the team ribbons for 2009 Holiday Tournament of Champions:
Champion: Centenary College Team Jacob, 43 points
Res.Champ,: Centenary Team Edward, 25
3rd: Mt Holyoke College Team Lyons , 22
4th: Mt Holyoke Team Columbia Blue, 22
5th: Lynchburg College , 22
6th: Virginia Intermont College , 20
7th: Sewanee: The Univ. of the South, 19
8th: Virginia Tech, Team Enter the Sandman, 19
The Tournament of Champions medal included 36 riders who had been nominated by their coaches. They competed in groups of 12 on the flat, then 18 were called back to compete over fences. Two were called for additional testing before the judge placed the top 12.
Stonehill College ’s Quinn Traendley earned the Champion ribbon, edging out Kristy Kenn of University of Michigan
. It was the first trip to the Medal ribbons for both riders, edging out some names that are familiar from past Tournament Medals…
Tournament of Champions Medal placings:
Champion Quinn Traendly, Stonehill College
Res. Champ Kristy Kenn, Michigan
3rd Liz Potariu, Cazenovia College
4th Lindsay Mohr, Centenary
5th Suzanne Snyder, St. Lawrence
6th Kelly Gerland, Lynchburg College
7th Lauren Duffee, Holy Cross
8th Danielle Miranda, Lafayette
9th Mariel Saccucci, Rhode Island
10th Lauren Zapitelli, Wisconsin
11th Kelly Arvidson, Centenary
12th Nikki Ficano, Cazenovia
The show was judged by Linda Shahinian, USEF “R” judge from the state of New Jersey . The announcer was Tim Cleary, courses designed by Michael Dowling. Weather was suitably wintry, with big, fluffy snowflakes covering the riders’ coats and helmets as they made the walk from the indoor mounting area to the indoor show ring.
The final show of the 2009-2010 Tournament of Champions series will be the Winter Classic, January 30, 2010 at the University of Mary Washington,
Fredericksburg, Virginia . The Series Champion Team will be crowned at the conclusion of that show. The Series Champion will be the highest point total of two shows including the Holiday Tournament and either the Preseason Classic or the Winter Classic. Virginia Tech is the current leader for series points. The Top 5 are listed below.
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS TOP 5 SERIES LEADERS:
Virginia Tech 48 points
Mount Holyoke 45
Virginia Intermont 39
Lynchburg College 32
Complete class placings and photos available upon request.
For questions or additional info, contact Jim Arrigon at 513/839-5607 or email@example.com
VIRGINIA TECH WINS TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS PRESEASON CLASSIC, Roanoke VA, Sept '09
Brett Flower, Kim Escobar, Paige Messick, Katie Hanley, Megan Ebling, Anna Norwood, Coach Sherri West
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS is a non-sanctioned exhibition series in the team tournament format of the IHSA Collegiate Cup competition. Each team brings one rider in each of the 8 IHSA class divisions, all riding for team points against the best 8 riders from the best teams we can get to attend, usually a wide variety of top teams from all across the country.
Coaches have found there is no better experience - no other way to get this level of compeition, other than Nationals - for their riders than the tournaments. We can make the arguement that we're even more competitive than Nationals, because often the best teams in the nation eliminate each other in the process of getting to Nationals. We invite the top Regional and Zone Champions, but we can also invite the top 2nd and 3rd place teams from the best areas of the country where those teams are sometimes better than some teams that make it to Nationals.
Best of all, since this is a non-sanctioned IHSA compeition, riders don't earn IHSA points, so it is the perfect way to get riders top level experience while holding them back from ponting out to the next level.
There is a team champion for each show - with a lot of media attention in the horse magazines and websites - but more importantly, the points accumulate for the series each year.
There is also an individual Medal class at each tournament, with top riders from attending teams, as well as top riders from other teams across the country. We also accept top alumni for the medal class as well. Medal is held in a format of flat first, then top half of riders caled back for fences, and top entries return for testing.
Teams interested in attending or hosting a Tournament should contact JimArrigon@hotmail.com.
PreSeason Classic is always held in late September. It is the smallest of the Tournaments, because many teams are not organized enough to get together for it. We usually have somewhere between 16 and 20 teams, and about 24 Medal riders for the PreSeason Classic. Recent hosts include Mount Holyoke Colege in Massachusetts in 2008, St. Andrews Presbytarian College in 2007, Hollins University in Virginia in 2006. Other hosts traditionally have been UConn, Virginia Intermont, Purdue, etc.
Holiday Tournament of Champions is the granddaddy of them all - established in 1990 - and has grown to be what coaches call "Winter Nationals". We generally have about 24 to 26 of the top teams in the nation, along with 36 of the best open riders and former collegiate champions. It's BRUTAL! Winners from the Holiday Tournament are generally amongst the tops at Nationals later in the year.It is always held the first full weekend of December. Recent hosts include Lake Erie College in Ohio in 2008, Centenary College in New Jersey in 2007, Cazenovia College in New York in 2006, and previously St. Andrews, Findlay, Morehead State, Midway College, etc.
Winter Classic is a new project just the past few years. Similar in format to the Preseason Classic, if is held in late January in a southern location. University of Georgia hosted the first Winter Classic in 2007, and 2008 Winter Classic was at Chatham Hall boarding school in Virginia, hosted by UNC Charlotte. We couldn't find a date/location in 2009. Teams interested in hosting should contact Jim.
Spring Break Classic was an annual event for nearly a decade, hosted by New Mexico State University and West Texas A&M University in the late '90's till about 2004. Teams willing to host should contact Jim.
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Champion: Mount Holyoke
3rd Delaware Valley
4th Virginia Tech
8th Penn State
MIAMI SHOCKS THE PRESEASON CLASSIC TOURNAMENT!
If the 2011 Tournament of Champions Preseason Classic proved anything, it was that the talent pool is deepening in collegiate riding. Ten years ago in this sport the top teams were ALWAYS the top teams and a handful of teams would run away with the top spots at national level events like the Tournament of Champions because the second-tier teams didn’t have anybody who could compete in the national level arena. In September of 2011, only a single blue ribbon separated the top seven teams in the standings at the Preseason Classic, held September 24 at Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio.
Fifteen different teams were on the scoreboard after three classes were in the books, an indication of the tight competition that was forthcoming. It was not surprising when Cornell’s Katie Fink grabbed the first blue ribbon of the day, with Virginia Intermont second. But it got people talking when, after several classes were in the books, the names at the top of the leader board were UMass and Michigan. The surprising UMass team, with new coach Mara Keith-Hunter (former 2-time IHSA National Champion rider for Findlay) tied with Virginia Intermont for most 1st Places on the day, with 3 of their 8 entries taking home blue.
When Miami of Ohio won the final class of the day to leap-frog several teams into the lead, they validated their trip to Nationals in 2011. Miami had been one of the top teams at IHSA Nationals and in the Tournament of Champions for many years but hadn’t made a trip to either in five years till this year.
Three teams – University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Intermont’s second team, and Otterbein – tied for 3rd Place, just 4 points off the lead, and were placed by the IHSA tie-breaker system of most blue ribbons, followed by most reds, followed by jumping points.
Perennial top-feeders Virginia Intermont, Mount Holyoke, Virginia Tech all had strong shows, but the story was in the also-rans. UMass and Otterbein both had very strong performances that landed them in the team ribbons, and upstart Xavier University from Cincinnati finished just 2 points out of the team ribbons, largely on the merits of freshman Lizz Kingsbury’s 2nd in open fences and 3rd in open flat. Purdue, Ohio U, Cornell, and West Virginia all had strong showings, and even Northern Illinois and Wisconsin showed signs of life occasionally.
The Tournament of Champions Medal class – an eclectic mix of open stars, outstanding intermediate riders, along with some excellent alums - was as competitive as ever, with 20 entries flatting, 11 called back to jump, and five coming back for a final test. Virginia Intermont continued to impress, claiming both Champion Danielle Clark and 3rd Place Blake Roberts. Michigan’s Kristy Kenn took Reserve Champion, and a Wisconsin alumnus – Kelly Mallery – came in 4th.
The Equestrian Talent Search Medal followed the same format for high school riders from the ETS national clinic program which is produced by Jim Arrigon and Beckett Run, the same company that runs the Tournament of Champions. The ETS Medal is something new, and will be offered at all three Tournaments this season, with Virginia Intermont College offering a $5000 scholarship to each of the winners. The final test featured three top IEA Riders – Mollie Kowalchik of Beckett Run in Cincinnati, Rachel McConnell of Yinger Equestrian in Columbus, Lauren Thompson of Evermore Farm in Georgia – plus Christine Stephan from Buffalo, NY. In the end, placings were so close that the top two were separated by a question from the judge, and Rachel McConnell took home the Virginia Intermont scholarship, which VI coach Eddie Federwisch hopes will get used next year since Rachel is just a junior in high school. Reserve Champion Mollie Kowakchik is just a sophomore and the youngest of a family of riders - sister Emily Kowalchik is Team Captain for Cornell, while oldest sister Melissa rode NCAA for SMU. 3rd Place rider Lauren Thompson is also a junior, and the only senior among the final four – Christine Stephan – hopes to ride at Cornell or Xavier next year.
Missing from the Tournament was a whole slew of southern schools – there were regular IHSA shows in two Zone 4 regions which prevented top names like Hollins, Lynchburg, Bridgewater, St. Andrews from attending the Tournament. Also noticeably missing was the Zone 2 contingent – Centenary, who will host the Holiday Tournament in December, along with Skidmore and St. Lawrence.
The new Otterbein University Equine Center was a beautiful and fitting site for the Tournament, and horses were very solid in their jobs. Besides Otterbein, horses came from Miami, Yinger Equestrian (an IEA team in the area), and Sid Griffith Equestrian (a local IEA barn that is the new home to Ohio State hunter team, although OSU declined invitation because they just started school last week.)
Next on the schedule is the 20th Anniversary Holiday Tournament of Champions, hosted by Centenary College in New Jersey for the 4th time on December 3, 2011. The final Tournament event of this season will be at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, January 28, 2012. The team with the best two-show point total will be crowned the Series Champion at Mary Washington.
Notable results follow…
Champion: Miami of Ohio 30 points
Res. Champ Virginia Intermont Team Gold 28
3rd UMass 26
4th Virginia Intermont Team Black 26
5th Otterbein Otter Trotters 26
6th Otterbein Cantering Cardinals 24
7th Mount Holyoke 23
8th Virginia Tech Enter Sandman 20
Ohio University 17
West Virginia 14
Northern Illinois Black Team 12
Wisconsin Team Badger 11
Virginia Tech Hokie Nation 10
Wisconsin Team Bucky 10
Northern Illinois Red Team 5
Tournament of Champions (collegiate) Medal
Champion: Danielle Clark, Virginia Intermont
Res.Champ Kristy Kenn, Michigan
3rd Blake Roberts, Virginia Intermont
4th Kelly Mallery, Wisconsin
5th Madeline Rohl, Otterbein
6th Courtney Bryggman, UMass
7th Lizz Kingsbury, Xavier
8th Katie Fink, Cornell
Equestrian Talent Search (high school) Medal
Champion Rachel McConnell, Powell, Ohio
Res.champ Mollie Kowalchik, Loveland, Ohio
3rd Lauren Thompson, Rincon, Georgia
4th Christine Stephan, Amherst, New York
5th Samantha Genise, Freehold, New Jersey
6th Sophie Bish, Charlotte, North Carolina
7th Madeline Davis, Troy, Ohio
8th Ally D’Amico, Cheshire, Connecticut
Full scoreboard below….
WINTER CLASSIC at
University of Mary Washington
January 30, 2010
DEL VAL WINS!
Whether they went home winners or losers, every team at the 2010 Tournament of Champions Winter Classic can claim to have taken part in one of the most memorable and historic of two decades of Tourname
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PRESEASON CLASSIC at Hollins University, September 2009
As reported by Rebecca Morehouse Hall
While the weather was horrid on Saturday, Sunday became sunny
and a perfect show day for one of the most smoothly run horse
shows I’ve ever attended, as either a spectator or competitor...
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Hollins Univeristy's Katie Furches wins the T of C Medal, Sept. '09.(l to r) Hollins Equestrian Director Nancy Peterson, IHSA Exec Director Bob Cacchione, Furches, Liz Courter and Sandy Gerald, Hollins coaches.
MAKING ROOM AT THE TOP –
VIRGINIA TECH WINS TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS PRESEASON CLASSIC
It’s become a routine in college riding… It’s PreSeason Classic time, which means a new beginning for everyone, an equal chance for every team to be champions in the new season. In reality, we have to go back five years to find a time when the PreSeason Classic was not won by either Mount Holyoke
or Virginia Intermont - that also has become routine. CLICK for full story.