Goucher Makes Solid Showing in Opener of Exhibition Series
ROANOKE, Va. – A team comprised of eight riders from Goucher placed 13th at the first competition of the 2009-10 season, the IHSA Tournament of Champions Preseason Classic.
Karli Postel (Newbury Park, Calif./Oaks Christian School), one of the riders who represented Goucher at the event, distinguished herself in the medal class, which drew a total of 24 competitors. The class begins with a flat phase and the top half is called back for fences. Postel was among the riders brought back to jump and finished in ninth place overall.
Postel also competed in open equitation over fences and was awarded third place.
Amory Brandt (Saratoga, Calif./Lynbrook) placed second in open equitation on the flat and Goucher had two riders place fourth in their class: Catherine Gregory (Oregon City, Ore./Canby) in intermediate flat and India Kushner (Manhasset, N.Y./The Waldorf School of Garden City) in walk-trot.
The team title of this presigious event went to Virginia Tech, which scored 29 points for a two-point victory over Bridgewater (27 points). Berry placed third (25 points), Savannah Art & Design (24) was fourth and there was a three-way tie for fifth involving Mt. Holyoke and a pair of teams from Hollins (23 apiece). Goucher earned a team score of 16 points.
Goucher will compete in two more events this season that are part of the IHSA Tournament of Champions, a non-sanctioned exhibition series: the Holiday Tournament of Champions in Hackettstown, N.J., on December 5-6 and the Tournament of Champions Winter Classic in Fredericksburg, Va., on January 31.