Berry Equestrian off to a winning start for 2016-17 season

By ELIZABETH POCZOBUT IHSA Media Intern Hello again from Berry Equestrian! The team has been extremely busy since returning to the world’s largest campus in August! The Vikings have welcomed three new recruits and new six walk-on team members to the roster, as well as senior and veteran team member Mariel Wrench, who took a … Read more

From elimination to national championship: Berry celebrates its ‘perfect’ IHSA Nationals win

BY LIZ CRUMBLY Editor It’s not common to hear a national championship coach and her team describing the experience of sharing the spotlight as “perfect.” That was the Berry College Equestrian Team’s general consensus about tying for a national championship this year with St. Andrews College, however. The Berry team members celebrated their IHSA (Intercollegiate … Read more

‘Everything happens for a reason:’ how Berry took home another IHSA team championship

By LIZ CRUMBLY Editor The fact that Berry College was even present at this year’s IHSA Nationals was “a pleasant surprise,” according to Head Coach Margaret Knight, and it was all because of one blue ribbon. Berry had tied for fourth place at Semifinals at Black Hawk College in March. Only the top three teams … Read more

IHSA champs back in Nationals contention by skin of their teeth

Get local horse stories in your inbox: By ELIZABETH POCZOBUT IHSA Media Intern Hello again from Berry Equestrian! It’d been a crazy few weeks for the Western team! Semifinals was held at Black Hawk College in Illinois in March, and the team ended up fourth after a very long weekend. For those of you unfamiliar … Read more

Welcoming back a teammate

Sign up for local horse stories in your inbox:  ELIZABETH POCZOBUT IHSA Media Intern Berry College Equestrian recently welcomed back a teammate to campus. Sara Claudia Tillman, a senior, restarted her education at the beginning of the spring semester after a reaction to a tonsillectomy left her without sight last year. Last May, after a normal … Read more

Pounding down the homestretch …

By ELIZABETH POCZOBUT IHSA Media Intern Hello again from Berry College Equestrian! We wrapped up our fall season with more wins for the hunt seat and western teams in November. The spring semester is looking to be jam-packed for the equestrian team, with three regular-season huntseat and two Western shows. **Related: This is what it … Read more

Inside the rides: from a huntseater to an aspiring lawyer, Berry’s IHSA nationals team was well represented

Standout rider: Elizabeth Poczobut: Elizabeth Poczobut, Berry’s Western team captain, credits good draws as a significant part of her success during her two rides for the team at IHSA Nationals, both of which put her in the top 10 riders. GREAT DRAWS: “All my horses were great and easy to get along with,” she explained. “They … Read more

Berry College takes IHSA Western title

The Head Coach: Margaret Knight Berry College Equestrian Head Coach Margaret Knight said she saw that Western win was a possibility for Berry early Sunday, May 3. Berry wasn’t leading, but they were ranked in the top five teams at that point. “I was confident it was in reach, for sure,” Knight said. She knew she … Read more

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