Intermont Equestrian Wins 2015 IDA National Championship

Intermont Equestrian Wins 2015 IDA National Championship

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College IDA Team made it back-to-back titles with a win at the 2015 Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Championships on Sunday. The championships were hosted by Otterbein University at the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science on the Otternbein campus.

During individual competition on Saturday, junior Bailey Halverson (Concord, N.C.) was the reserve champion in the Upper Training Division while junior Karissa Donohue (Benson, N.C.) finished eighth in in the Lower Training Level. Sophomore Nick Martino (Bel Air, Md.) and senior Morgan Sollenberger (Concord, N.C.) both finished 12th in the First Level and Lower Training Level, respectively.

Sunday's team competition saw the Wasps edge out Virginia Tech by one point, 39-38, for the National Championship. Halverson repeated her second-place finish in the Upper Training Level with a 69.89%, while Martino was third in the First Level on a 68.13%. Donohue turned in a fourth-place in the Lower Training Level (67.07%) and freshman Eli Worth-Jones (Abingdon, Va.) was fourth as well in the Introductory Level with a score of 64.84%.

Region H rival Virginia Tech was second overall while host Otterbein was third. Centenary (N.J.) College was fourth while Johnson & Wales (R.I.) University rounded out the top five.

The title was the fifth in IDA competition for the Wasps and the 18th overall. Intermont Equestrian won IDA championships in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2014 when the program was sponsored by Virginia Intermont College. Intermont Equestrian also holds nine Tournament of Champions Series, three Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and two Affiliated National Riding Commission championships to its credit, all of which were won under the VI moniker.