Dana Equestrians Compete at Invitational in Florida
I. Eldridge ’19 and L. Foregger ’18 traveled to West Palm Beach, Florida, for the 2017 College Preparatory Invitational. One hundred and forty riders from across the country competed at the three-day event, January 13-15.
Participating riders met with equestrian coaches from 35 colleges and universities to discuss their individual collegiate options. Both Eldridge and Foregger participated in a horsemanship test and practicum with Averett University Coach Cricket Morris.
The Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center (KSEC) Instructor and Special Programs Coordinator Lauren Blacker accompanied the students on the trip and praised the experience.
"This was a wonderful opportunity for our Dana riders to not only compete in an Interscholastic Equestrian Association style horse show, but also have the chance to meet with college coaches to gain valuable information on the equestrian programs they offer,” explains Blacker. “The horses, facilities and education were top-notch, and we look forward to returning to this event in the future."
Foregger competed in the advanced division over 2'9" jumps, and placed third over fences and sixth on the flat. Eldridge competed in the open division over 2'6" jumps, and placed fourth over fences and second on the flat.
"I love playing basketball at Dana. Our team is really like a family, and we’ve grown so much over the three years I’ve been on the team. My freshman year I never would have thought that we would be able to win the EIL league, but this past winter we did! What makes the team so great is how we look out for each other on and off the court. My teammates are my biggest supporters and it’s always great when we get to welcome new members onto the team. I can’t wait to be captain next year."