The Road to IHSA Nationals Continues for Region 2
By Madison Harris, Berry College IHSA Media Intern
On Saturday, March 2nd, IHSA riders from Zone 5, Region 2 gathered at Berry College in Rome, GA to compete individually for the chance to continue their journey along the road to Nationals, held this May in Harrisburg, PA. Representatives from Berry College, Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Mississippi College, Alabama, UGA, and North Georgia were all in attendance at the show. The show kicked off on a frigid morning amidst the snow flurries with the Hunt Seat Regionals classes. Nicole Roos of Berry College automatically took 1st as the sole competitor of the region. Roos is currently in the running as well for the Cacchione Cup in May. Intermediate Equitation followed with Katie Cerny of UGA in 1st, followed by Lauren Scallon of Alabama. The next blue went to Ali Ohringer from Emory in Open Over Fences, as she was also the only competitor.
The day continued with Intermediate Over Fences, 1st place going to Autumn Clark of Berry College and 2nd to Kaylan Guyton of Georgia State. Novice Equitation came next with Madison Harris in 1st and Katherine Mooney of Mississippi College in 2nd. Mooney secured the blue for Novice Over Fences as the sole competitor.
Wrapping up the Hunt Seat Show was Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter, which finished with Jessica Tabb of Berry College in 1st and Samantha Altfest of Emory in 2nd. Christine McNeel of North Georgia finished the day in Walk/Trot with a blue.
The next step of competition for these individuals will be at the Zones competition in Statesboro, GA the first weekend in April. The top two individuals of the classes at Zones will then proceed to compete at Nationals in May. Overall, Berry College’s Hunt Seat Team won the region, undefeated, 136 points ahead of the University of Alabama.
Following the Hunt Seat competition came the Western Regionals for individual riders. The following riders have individually qualified for their Semi-Finals competition in Morehead, KY with a first or second place finish at Regionals (in their division):
Amanda Bellamy- Open Reining Champion
Andrea Smith- Open Reining Reserve (2nd) Champion, Open Horsemanship Reserve Champion
Cecilia Shields Auble- Novice Horsemansip Champion
Tania Vander Westhiuzen- Novice Horsemanship Reserve Champion
Katie McSpadden- Intermediate Horsemanship Reserve Champion
Samantha Brown- Beginner Horsemanship Champion
Rachael Detweiler- Beginner Horsemanship Reserve Champion
Andrea Smith of Berry College also earned Open High Point Rider of the Year. This achievement will automatically qualify her for Nationals, held in May in Harrisburg, PA. Berry College’s Western Team won their region as well, with an impressive margin of 109 points above North Georgia. Berry College’s Western and Hunt Seat teams will be competing for their chances at Nationals.