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Lady Barons shine in equestrian meet

By J. SCOTT SEWELL
jscott@theitem.com
Posted 2/27/20

TIMMONSVILLE -- Wilson Hall's equestrian team took home Reserve Champion at the SCISA Hunt Seat Equestrian Winter Regular Season Qualifying Competition last Saturday. The Lady Barons finished with 29 points, just three behind Trinity-Byrnes for the …

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Lady Barons shine in equestrian meet

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TIMMONSVILLE -- Wilson Hall's equestrian team took home Reserve Champion at the SCISA Hunt Seat Equestrian Winter Regular Season Qualifying Competition last Saturday. The Lady Barons finished with 29 points, just three behind Trinity-Byrnes for the top spot.

"It was our second show of the regular season and definitely our best result so far," said Wilson Hall equestrian head coach Cali Bowman. "I think we have a really strong team going into our third show. We were down a rider today, and I think if we can have a full team for the championships we'll have a really good shot at it."

The Lady Barons were led by Kaitlyn Smith, who finished first in the open flat division as well as first in the open over fences division.

"Kaitlyn is a very dedicated athlete," said Bowman. "She's very dedicated to the horses. She practices on a weekly basis and is extremely coachable and a pleasure to work with. She has a very strong work ethic."

Smith left the event on Saturday to play for the Wilson Hall girls basketball team in the SCISA 3A state tournament at Wilson Hall. On Sunday, she was back with the equestrian team in the IEA regional championships in Tryon, North Carolina.

In her fourth year leading the Lady Barons' equestrian team, Bowman is very happy with how the team has progressed in her time there.

"We've got a good team that's been growing the last couple of years," said Bowman. "We have two seniors that are graduating this year (Emily Ann Beasley and Isabelle Weston), so we'll certainly miss them, but we've been building up and continuing to get stronger as a team as the years have gone on. It's been a lot of fun to watch the girls grow. I started when the two seniors were freshmen, so it's been a pleasure to watch them grow and develop over the years -- not just as athletes, but as young ladies as well."

Coker Cutler earned a ribbon on Saturday as well, finishing second in the novice over fences division. Sophia D'allEtra finished third in beginner walk/trot, Josie Jackson grabbed second place in beginner walk/trot/canter, and Emily Anne Beasley finished fourth in the open flat division.

The Lady Barons have two SCISA events remaining this season, concluding with the SCISA state championships in April.