The members of the intercollegiate equestrian teams of Lake Erie College continue to impress. For an unprecedented second year in a row, senior Tatiana Eagles will be representing Zone 6, Region 1 at Nationals as the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Cacchione Cup rider, marking a tremendous accomplishment for the LEC equestrian program. This achievement sets Tatiana apart from the other 6,580 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Hunt Seat riders in the United States and positions her to compete at the highest level in IHSA. The Cacchione Cup is awarded to the National Individual Hunt Seat High Point Rider, and nationals will be held May 5-8 in the Kentucky Horse Park.
In addition to Tatiana's individual achievement, the LEC IHSA Hunt Seat team as a whole has experienced recent victories. The team ended their regular season as Reserve Champion in their region with the following riders qualifying to compete as individuals at the IHSA Regionals competition on March 12:
Open Fences: Tatiana Eagles
Open Flat: Tatiana Eagles
Intermediate fences: Alexis Barter, Sarah Dwyer, Cate Purdum, Maddie Pilz
Intermediate Flat: Cassie Papciak, Jade Styburski, Cate Purdum, Sophie Sahutske
Novice Fences: Anna Laino, Emily Skinner, Jade Styburski
Novice Flat: Sarah Dwyer, Anna Laino, Bianca Marcellino, Logan Rodenbaugh
Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter: Jenn Peters, Samantha Baube
Walk/Trot: Emma Peck, Karen Sivy, Cassidy White
Congratulations to all team members and to Coach Mary Pardee on a fantastic year!
The Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) team has also achieved success as of late. Fresh off the heels of their best weekend of competition in several years, the team ended the regular season as the Reserve Champion Team for Region D, a position that makes them eligible for a wild card spot at the national competition.
The events of the IDA competition at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center the weekend of Feb. 20-21 resulted in other successes for LEC as well. Sophomore Renee Monzon secured the position of Reserve High Point rider on Sunday, while freshman Julie Grace was the High Point rider on both days of competition and qualified to compete at Nationals in the lower training division as an individual. She will be attending the national competition at Centenary College with Coach Debby Savage the weekend of April 23-24. Congratulations to the IDA team and to Coach Savage on their accomplishments!
While small in number, the LEC IHSA Western team also boasts some incredible talent. The team members have ridden their way to a successful season including successes the weekend of Feb. 20-21 where they competed in three shows and placed third as a team in two of them. Freshman Mallory Wachob was the High Point rider on Sunday, Feb. 21 while the following members of LEC’s Western team qualified as individuals for Regionals:
Open Reining: Mallory Wachob
Open Horsemanship: Mallory Wachob
Open Reining: Kaylee Adamek
Novice Horsemanship: Samantha Parks
Congratulations to the Western team and to Coach Seth Clark on a competitive season!
The successes of the equestrian athletes and their coaches are a testament to their hard work and dedication, and all of us at LEC are incredibly proud!
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