Riders line up at the end of their class at the UCF competition so the judge can get a final look at their numbers before announcing the placing’s. (Isabella Pico/WUFT News)
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In Photos: UF Equestrian Team Starts Show Season

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A long line of pitched tents sat on the side of the ring. Thirteen college teams watched their teammates compete individually, as well as for the title of team champion.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, the University of Florida’s Hunt Seat team’s 2017-2018 season began at Kimberden barn in Ocala, Fla. UF hosted their show on Saturday, and the University of Central Florida’s show was held on Sunday, October 22.

The Florida colleges, and Savannah College of Art and Design from Georgia, competed in jumping and flatting. The teams are in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Top riders from some of the colleges will go to regionals and nationals for IHSA.

With over 100 riders competing, each show lasted for over seven hours. When both days came to a close, SCAD, the current regional and national champion team, won the team champion title. UF’s team will be competing again this weekend at University of North Florida.

Liana Brown, a University of Miami rider, jumps Vino, a Kimberden horse, in
an over fences competition. (Isabella Pico/ WUFT News)

 

UF hunt seat members tack up Farina, a Kimberden horse. Horses are
constantly switched in and out to ride during the competition days. (Isabella Pico, WUFT News)

 

Kaleigh Marshall (left), a Florida Atlantic University rider, and Katherine
Dalberth, a UF rider, compete in an open flat class at the UF home show. Flat classes can
have as many as seven riders competing at once. (Isabella Pico/WUFT News)

 

Members of the Florida Atlantic University team stand on the deck and watch
their teammate in a flat class. (Isabella Pico/WUFT News)
Alyssa Ohmstede, a member on the UF team, checks over last minute details
for the show. UF members were required to be at the barn to set up for the show at 6:30
a.m each day. (Isabella Pico/WUFT News)

 

Kayla Steinmeiz, UF Captain, and Rebcca Day, UF Co-captain, talk with UF
Coach Kimbernette about the show. (Isabella Pico/WUFT News)

 

About Isabella Pico

Isabella is a reporter who can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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