The Madeira Equestrian team finished their summer season with a strong showing at the USEF Premier HITS Culpeper Horse Show. Emily Cyrway ’19 and her horse, Finnigan, earned top ribbons in the Children’s Hunter Division. Emily also won the VHSA Children’s Medal Class. Kelly Nance ’19, and her horse Magnificent, won the $500 Bit o’ Straw Hunter Classic. Community rider Emma Avent and Happenstance were champions in the Novice Equitation Division. In their first time showing at 3 foot, Emma and Happenstance earned top ribbons in the Limit Equitation. Alumna Victoria Turnbill ’13 and her horse Princess picked up top ribbons, including reserve championship in the pre-adult division.
In between shows, Madeira hosted an educational clinic. Over 20 students attended a USHJA Horsemanship Clinic at Madeira on September 10. The clinic was taught by Cricket Stone Morris ’83. “Everyone in attendance agreed it was fun and informative,” said Ian McCartney, Director of Equestrian Programs.
The September competitions kicked off with multiple championships for community rider Irene Boehm and Rhythm and Blues at the September 3rd, Turner Farm Horse Show in Great Falls VA. Over the September 17-18 weekend Madeira riders earned top ribbons at the 72nd Annual Maryland Horse and Pony Show, a competitive USEF Premier rated show in Upper Marlboro MD.
Next up for the team is the Middleburg Classic and Turner Farm Horse Shows this week, and then ANRC Junior Horsemanship Competitions at Goucher College on Oct. 1 and St. Timothy School on October 2.