WC English Equestrian Team hosts area competition
EASTON — On Saturday, March 12, the Washington College English Equestrian Team hosted their area horse show, including teams from Salisbury University, University of Delaware, Villanova University, Drexel University, Temple University, and Valley Forge Military Academy. The event was held at Glendale Riding School just outside of Easton.
WC English team Coach Chris Bigelow is in her ninth year. Bigelow, a Kent County native who graduated from Chestertown High School, has a long personal history with horses, first beginning to ride when she was 9. She received certification as a trainer/coach in England, with specialty interests in Eventing and Fox Hunting.
She owned Fair Chance Farm where she ran her own riding school for 20 years in Chestertown. She has previously coached 4-H and Pony Club members.
At the show March 12, Washington College team member, freshman Connor Bayley qualified to represent the college at regionals later this spring. She joins teammates, English team Co-Captain Keri Edmonds, Eden Kloetzli, Katie Washart and Emily Stakem who will also represent the college at regionals, which will be held at Valley Forge Military Academy.
Washington College equestrian Valerie Wilson received Reserve High Point Rider for the day, plac- ing first in Jumping and second in Flat class.
Currently, the English team is ranked fifth overall out of nine teams in the region.
Washington College has both English and Western equestrian teams which operate on separate competitive schedules. The teams have club status at the college.
Washington College equestrian Emily Stakem holds her blue ribbon with the horse she rode at the show, Saturday, March 12. Stakem also was among five WC team members to qualify for regionals.