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R-MC Eventing Caps off Year at USEA Collegiate Champs

Team RMC: Vanessa Stoltzfus, Carsan Rucci, Emily Digney, Dana Lesesne, Madlen Lesesne, Charlotte Stillfried, Sydney Guy

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The R-MC Eventing team has had an incredible year of team building, growth and improvement which culminated in the team competing at the United States Eventing Association's Collegiate Team Championships this past weekend at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA.

The YJs placed 10th against a field of 21 teams from primarily Division I schools from around the country including Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas A&M. R-MC sent a team of 4 riders, plus two team members competed on scramble teams.

Team captains Emily Digney, '18 and Madlen Lesesne, '19 pulled out outstanding finishes on borrowed horses, as their own mounts had to be scratched at the last minute. With 5th and 6th place finishes respectively, they helped the team to its strong showing.

"With horses, you have to be ready for anything," commented Emily, "Madlen and I are so pleased with the heart of the young horses that were offered to us the day before the show. Neither had ever been to anything like this competition and they were absolute stars!" The team would like to thank Whitney Digney for loaning her young horses to R-MC for the weekend.

Also competing for the YJs and posting some great scores were Charlotte Stillfried, '21, Carsan Rucci, '21 and Vanessa Stoltzfus, '20.

The eventing team has grown from 2 riders three years ago to 10 this year and will be welcoming 8 new eventers to the class of '22 this fall. "Randolph-Macon has such a unique and amazing program," said team coach Ashley Adams. "The support that the college offers, the outstanding facility where we train, and the team spirit that is fostered here gives students that are serious about pursuing competition goals an incredible opportunity. I'm so proud of the hard work each of these kids has put in this year. We are looking forward to great things from this team as we build this program!"

The Eventing Team at R-MC rides and trains at our own R-MC Equestrian Center, just 2.5 miles from campus. Ashley Adams, head coach, is an internationally recognized rider who has ridden at the 4* level and is known for her hard work and dedication to both her students and her horses. For more information about eventing at R-MC, please contact program director Dana Lesesne at [email protected].

 

Madlen Lesesne and Currahee after an outstanding cross country round.       Sydney Guy, '21, Emily Digney '18, Madlen Lesesne, '19       Whitney Digney, mom and Emily Digney celebrating a clean and clear cross country.