Equestrian team makes strides as three members reach regionals

Billy Tyler

Assistant Sports Editor

The equestrian team has quietly worked its way to a highly successful season, recently sending several of its riders to competition at the Regional, Zone and National levels.

The team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (ISHA), which includes a mix of both club and varsity programs. The Bison compete in Zone 3, Region 1 of the ISHA. Other programs within this zone include local rivals such as Penn State, Gettysburg, Lebanon Valley, Susquehanna, Wilson and Dickinson. After a school year of showing within the regions, riders that have enough accumulated points qualify for Regionals, which take place in late March. The Bison sent three riders to regionals this year: Carly Riemann ’15, Kristen Ronca ’14 and assistant captain Morgan Manchester ’15. At Regionals, Riemann came in fourth, while both Ronca and Manchester qualified for Zones, finishing first and second, respectively.

At competition in Zones on April 6, Manchester finished in first place and became the first member of the program to qualify for Nationals in eight years. Ronca finished in third place, barely missing qualification for nationals.

On May 1, Manchester will compete against 16 other riders from both club and varsity programs for the national title in Harrisburg.

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