The Dressage team competes at Intercollegiate Dressage Association shows, where they travel as far as New York to compete against other schools. The members that have shown were chosen based on their skill during try-out rides at the beginning of this semester. All returning members had to retry-out for their spot to keep things fair for the team. The riders choose levels that they wish ride at and try-out for that level. The levels define what riding skills will be in test that the rider will be performing, first training is more advanced than introductory level.
The first show for the Dressage team was in New York at Cazenovia, where they placed 5th overall. Individually riders placed well in the classes and levels. Katie Snyder '14 placed third in her first level test and Michelle Calka '15 placed sixth in upper training. Elizabeth Hart '13 placed fourth in lower training while Jessica Masilotti placed sixth at introductory level.
"Our riders had a good day of competition," said Leslie Hoover '13 and Dressage Team Captain. "The competition was fierce."
The team had their next show here at Wilson, where overall the team placed second and two riders pointed out of their riding levels. Many of the same riders who placed at the Cazenovia show, placed again at this show. Snyder placed first, Calka placed second, Hart placed fourth, and Masilotti placed third. "Both Liz and Jess pointed out of their divisions, which is a huge accomplishment," said Hoover.
Their final competition for this semester was at Delaware Valley, where they placed 2nd overall, again. Snyder again placed first in first level. She also had the second highest score of the day giving her the award of Reserve Champion High Point Rider. Hart riding at upper training placed third. Kelsey Peterson '14 placed third at the lower training level. Georgia Kalmoutis '13 rode at the introductory level and placed fourth.
The Hunt Seat team has also been performing well. The team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and typically participates in about three shows per semester, with one being here on campus. The team has had two shows at Penn State, a show here at Wilson, and the team has one more yet this semester in New Jersey. The team has been consistent throughout the show season placing overall in sixth place at most shows, however the team is not discouraged because the points that they are being awarded at each show are higher than they have been in the past.
The first Penn State Show, the team accumulated 19 total points. In the walk/trot division Kaylee Moog '14 and Stephanie Krazk '15 both placed third. They were able to do so because there were two different sections of the same class. In the beginning walk/trot/canter division Jenna McLaughlin' 16, placed second. The next division is advanced walk/trot/canter Masilotti placed fifth and Elizabeth Moore' 14 placed second. In novice equitation on the flat Ashleen McCullough' 15 placed fourth. In the novice over fences division McCullough also placed sixth. Lauren Miller' 16 placed fifth and Catherine Bokan '16 placed sixth in separate sections of intermediate equitation on the flat. Miller also placed second in the intermediate fences class. In the open division neither of the equitation flat riders placed, however, Megan Fangman '16 placed fifth in open over fences.
"Our team is off to a great start," said Gina Hall, Coach of the Hunt Seat Team. "While we still have a lot of work to do, I am proud of where we are right now."