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

Pinto World: Haley Settles’ new perspective

By LIZ CRUMBLY Editor Haley Settles entered this year’s Pinto World Show with a new perspective – literally. It was her first World show with her four-year-old “WR Magic Mike” – a gentle giant at nearly 17.3 hands. The gelding, known as “Jackson” around the barn, is quite a bit taller than Settles’ previous 15.1-hand … Read more

Have a minute for FB? Consider dedicating it to Wendy Murdoch

BY LIZ CRUMBLY Editor To talk with Wendy Murdoch is to be swept away on the swells of a fast-moving, but decidedly inviting, conversation about effective riding. Equestrians on Facebook have found themselves pulled into the dialogue recently as Murdoch has begun releasing bite-sized lessons on the social media platform. A lot of her ideas … Read more

‘Get over your bad self:’ Winning Western coaches lent each other moral support during grueling contest for IHSA team championship

By LIZ CRUMBLY Editor The Western team competition at this year’s Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Nationals ended in a tie, allowing a long-term friendship between two coaches to shine. Coach Carla Wennberg, of St. Andrews University, and Assistant Coach Debra Wright, of Berry College, have a relationship that stretches back to Wright’s days as a … Read more

St. Andrews Western team brings home its first IHSA national championship

By LIZ CRUMBLY Editor This year marked the first IHSA Western team championship for St. Andrews University, located in Laurinburg, N.C. Western Coach Carla Wennberg said she’d flirted with the win several times during her 10-year tenure with the university. Her team placed second in 2013. “I kind of got a little taste,” she said. … 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

Bling it: all the way out

402views Sign up for local horse stories in your inbox: Rhinestone Cowgirl delivers maximum bling on pretty much anything Jen Telgen, of Dallas, Ga. has become a creative force when it comes to crystals. It all started a few years ago when she decided not to shell out the requisite hundreds of dollars for a … Read more

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