Landrum, S.C. - The Transylvania Eventing team kicked off its 2019 spring season this weekend at the F.E.N.C.E Horse Trials at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center.
Taking on 14 other teams with many hailing from the Division I level, the Pioneers recorded an eighth-place finish over the two-day competition which began Saturday and ran through Sunday morning.
The competing team for Transy at the F.E.N.C.E. Horse Trials consisted of senior Abby Blackburn riding Opposition Lady, senior Jessie Dees on Night Vale's Very Own, junior Stevee Candrl on Drinkin Deacon, and freshman Maddie Cease on Charlie. Blackburn and Cease also competed their second horses, Dior HH and TS Air Strike, on a scratch team.
The team started the competition strong on Saturday with Cease, Blackburn, and Candrl putting in clear cross country rounds on a challenging uphill course that wound between the North and South Carolina border.
The competition concluded Sunday morning with show jumping. Despite the driving rain, Blackburn, Cease, and Dees jumped double clear rounds. Individually, Blackburn finished in third place in the Beginner Novice section on Opposition Lady. Cease finished fourth in the Beginner Novice section on TS Air Strike and sixth in the Novice category on Charlie. Blackburn also came away from the weekend having received the sportsmanship award.
The Pioneers signed off on an eighth-place finish over a field which included the University of Kentucky, University of Georgia, North Carolina State University, Clemson, and USC-Aiken.
The Pioneer eventing team will be working hard over the upcoming month in preparation of heading to the Intercollegiate Eventing Championships held on May 18-19 at Chattahoochee Hills Eventing in Fairburn, Georgia.
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