RAEFORD, N.C. -- The Yellow Jackets eventing team traveled to the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, NC this past weekend for the Southern Pines Horse Trials and Collegiate Team Challenge and walked away with the blue ribbon. The winning team of four was made up of freshmen Kyra Bergmann (Waunakee, Wi. / Waunakee Community) and Katherine DeLaney (Rockville, Va. / Laurel Springs), senior Madlen Lesesne (Beaverdam, Va. / Patrick Henry) and sophomore Charlotte Stillfried (King & Queen Court House, Va. / King William). Sophomore Sydney Guy (Leonardstown, Md. / St. Mary's Ryken) along with DeLaney and her second horse, were part of a scramble team that finished third.
"The hard work and consistent training and conditioning of all of these pairs is really starting to pay off," said Head Coach Ashley Adams, who also brought home first, second and eigth place ribbons on the three horses she piloted over the weekend. "These kids work so well as a team and truly inspire each other to be better every day. I am looking forward to our next outing!"
Delaney added nothing to her outstanding dressage score to win the Junior Open Preliminary division on Canto Royale, and placed seventh on her second mount, Elbaran. Stillfried and Palma D held onto their second place standing from wire to wire and Lesesne and her young mare, ITZHAPPYHOUR, also added nothing to their dressage score over the weekend. Bergmann also posted a strong score in a big division on Rumblefish, a horse she has never competed before this weekend.
Randolph-Macon Director of Equestrian Dana Lesene especially highlighted team captain Guy, who brought home a sixth at her first ever USEA event on her new partner Renegade. Guy's strong leadership has been invaluable for both teams this year and her fearlessness this weekend was admirable, according to Dana Lesene.