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Equestrian Looking To Finish Strong In Final Competitions

Equestrian Looking To Finish Strong In Final Competitions

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - With the Converse Equestrian season's end approaching quickly, the Valkyries have two more competitions to make a statement.

Currently, Converse sits in second place in the region behind College of Charleston.  Converse has a slim lead on Georgia Southern and South Carolina, who are nipping at the heels trailing by one point.

The Valkyries have 153 points thus far in the season, while Georgia Southern and South Carolina have posted 152 points.  Clemson rounds out the top five with 134 points.

"I am really proud of how well our team has been performing this year," said Coach Suzanne Russell. "We have already qualified more girls for Regional competition this year than any other year in program history. We are continuing to recruit strong riders and our current riders have done a great job performing in competition."

At the current standings, the Valkyries are looking at a Reserve Championship of the region and seven riders qualified for regional competition.

Addie Ledbetter has qualified in two events: novice flat and novice fences. Caroline Gilliam, Josephine Grimmer and Heather McCrary will attend regionals in advanced walk, trot, canter.  Julia Williams and Jennifer Matusik will compete at regionals in novice fences and walk, trot respectively.

Converse has the opportunity to send five more riders: Katie Dixon, Carson Rehn, Corinne Flanary, Lydia Davidson, and Madeline Wagner to regionals as well.  These individuals are close to meeting the required 36 point threshold to compete.

Converse will compete on February 18 at Lander and wrap up their regular season at College of Charleston on March 4.