February 24, 2011
Lake Erie College Team Qualifies For National Competition
This past weekend, a Lake Erie College team booked a trip south, and not for spring break! The Lake Erie College IDA (Intercollegiate Dressage Association) Team earned its way to Florida by winning the regional competition, which took place at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center at Lake Erie College. The team won both Champion Team and Reserve Champion Team in a dominating performance at the show.
On their way to guiding the team to success, there were a few individual standouts, including Anya Hurley who was the Upper Training Level Champion. “I think that we all feel accomplished,” Hurley expressed, “not only for winning Regional Champion Team and/or Regional Champion Individuals, but for all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes in order to prepare for our shows.”
Other outstanding individual performances qualifying for Nationals were Meghan Marcinkewicz, who won Lower Training Level Reserve Champion and was High Score rider; Autumn Harvey, who won Intro Level Champion; and Danielle Blymier, who won Upper Training Level Reserve Champion. Blymier had this to share about the accomplishments, “Our Dressage program is once again climbing to the top and the school can now use our achievements to attract new students and top talent.”
Additional notable performances helping the team qualify for Nationals came from Chrissy Nemeth, who was the Reserve High Score rider; First Level runner-up Amy Ertas, and 2nd runner-up, Robin Kopplin; and Becky Schmid, who placed 3rd in the Lower Training Level Competition.
The IDA Nationals Competition will be held the weekend of April 30th, 2011 at the University of Florida’s Canterbury Equestrian Show Place. The Lake Erie College IDA team has high expectations for the event and Hurley insists, “We hope to represent Lake Erie College as a school with a great equestrian program. Next year, we would like to send even more team members to Nationals!”