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R-MC Equestrian is Reserve High Point Team at VCU

(left to right) Rachael Smith, Pepper McCulloch, Kaitlyn Horak, Eliza vanderWoude, Cindy Johns, Madison Bullard, Emily Ploppert, Katie Adams, Sydney Guy, Emily Digney, Sage Vilgats, assistant coach Beth Jones, assistant coach Ashley Byrne
(left to right) Rachael Smith, Pepper McCulloch, Kaitlyn Horak, Eliza vanderWoude, Cindy Johns, Madison Bullard, Emily Ploppert, Katie Adams, Sydney Guy, Emily Digney, Sage Vilgats, assistant coach Beth Jones, assistant coach Ashley Byrne

ASHLAND, Va. – R-MC's IHSA Equestrian team was Reserve High Point at VCU this past weekend, finishing a mere three points behind powerhouse Sweet Briar College.  Consistently great riding across all divisions resulted in this outstanding finish.

Eliza vanderWoude '20 began the day by winning her Open over fences class and teammate Julia Bain followed in her footsteps, winning her Intermediate fences class as well. Freshman Katie Adams of New London, N.H. improved on her second-place finish at the first show and also brought home the blue ribbon. Sage Vilgats '19 was second in the Walk/Trot in her very first IHSA competition.

Both Bain and vanderWoude have also already qualified for Regionals in 2018 at this early start of the season.

"Every one of these riders is putting in their homework during the week and it shows," said Hunt Seat coach John West.  "I can't tell you how excited I am about the future of this team. This was a fantastic day in our very competitive region and we are looking forward to the rest of our schedule this fall."

In addition, the R-MC Eventing team is making waves in USEA Area II competition. Madlen Lesesne '19, Carsan Rucci '21 and Vanessa Stoltzfus '20 traveled to Surefire Farm with their horses to compete September 23 and 24. Vanessa brought home a sixth in the Training Rider division and Madlen was fifth in her Beginner Novice division.  The team is making great strides with the new eventing coach Ashley Adams, who, in addition to coaching the team, rode her own young horse in his first USEA event this weekend as well.

Next on tap for the Eventing team is the Collegiate Challenge at the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club Horse Trials in Tryon, N.C. in October. 

For additional information about RMC's riding program, please contact program director Dana Lesesne. danalesesne@rmc.edu Also, follow us on FaceBook at Randolph-Macon College Equestrian and Randolph-Macon College Eventing and on Instagram @rmcequestrian.