Meet 1: The Sounds of the Equestrian Seaso

by Stephanie Usevicz
 
 
Diesel fueled trucks towing trailers filled with equine cargo wrapped around the Huron Valley Equestrian Complex single-file, while high school passengers craned their heads out their windows coyly checking out their competition. Veteran parents of student athletes could be heard commiserating about another year filled with rain, mud, and potentially dangerous conditions for both athlete and their equine partners. Rising above all their banter were the voices of dedicated coaches and trainers directing their team and furiously prepping for competition, while whinnying and snorting horses fought for their attention.
The sounds (and smells) of the equestrian season are unmatched by any other sport, especially at 6 a.m. when most of the community is slumbering away. But, it wasn't long until the Mercy Varsity Equestrian Team and their families felt the annual ritual was worthwhile when the riders began placing in almost every class they entered. Collectively, riders Stephanie Volk, Alicia Vassallo, and Mackenzie Farrow brought their Division C Team to a 4th Place Standing for Meet 1 with the following wins:
 
Hunt Seat Fitting & Showing:
5th Place
6th Place
 
Saddle Seat Fitting & Showing:
3rd Place
4th Place
 
Western Fitting & Showing:
1st Place
5th Place

 

Hunt Seat Equitation:
2nd Place
4th Place
 

Western Equitation:

7th Place
Honorable Mention
 
Flag Race:
3rd Place
7th Place
Cloverleaf:
3rd Place
 

Over Fences:

8th Place
 
Stake Race:
3rd Place
 
2-Person Relay:
4th Place

Stephanie


Alicia

 

 

Mackenzie