WC English Eques­trian Team hosts area com­pe­ti­tion

Record Observer - - News - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

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.

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