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Davis and Hoke Earn Impressive Honors at IHSA

Hoke and Davis with Coach Mitchell and Coach Tannenhaus
Hoke and Davis with Coach Mitchell and Coach Tannenhaus

For Immediate Release – 5/4/16 - #324
Davis and Hoke Earn Impressive Honors at IHSA

LEXINGTON, KY – The Randolph College equestrian team had two riders compete in the 50th Annual Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Horse Show on Thursday.  Madeline Davis and Morgan Hoke were the two WildCats to compete, and each left the arena with top-four ribbons.  It was the second time in four years that the Randolph equestrian team has achieved that feat.

The individual classes feature only 16 riders.  These 16 riders each qualified as one of the top-two from their respective zones, and had to qualify for their zone championships.  This is the elite of the elite show, and the 'Cats were impressive.

Davis was the first of the two WildCats to enter the saddle.  The Novice Equitation Over Fences (Novice fences) was the third class of the day.  Davis was then drawn as the second to last rider to compete in her class.  However, she posted an outstanding ride, controlling her horse from Emory & Henry College over the difficult course with aplomb.  She earned a score of 84 (the high until that point over three classes was an 88) and was awarded the red ribbon for being Reserve Champion.

Hoke took to the saddle in the penultimate class of the day, the Open Equitation on the Flat (Open flat), which is the highest class.  Hoke received an added bonus when she picked her horse by random draw.  She picked a Randolph horse, Christo.  The two rode very well together and Hoke was awarded the white ribbon for fourth place.

In addition to the success of the two-legged athletes, the four-legged members of the team did very well.  Banks finished second in three different classes, while Wayside earned a red ribbon as well in the Walk/Trot/Canter.  All of that completed a very successful day for the Randolph.

The show marks the final outing of the year for the Randolph College equestrian team, in what was one of the most successful seasons in program history.  It also sees the close of Hoke's great career.