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Riders Place Second In Season-Ending IDA Show

Bridgewater placed second at the Virginia Tech IDA show.

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Bridgewater riders placed second this past weekend at the Virginia Tech IDA show. Virginia Tech placed first in the show with 17 points, one point ahead of Bridgewater. Radford University placed third with 14 points followed by Emory and Henry College with 10 points, Appalachian State University with nine points and the University of Virginia with 7 points. 

In First level, Melissa Lempicki placed first for the team with a score of 75.862% and Natalie Ellis came in third place individually with a score of 71.724%.

In Upper Training, Connor Poe was fourth place for the team with a score of 71.897% while in Lower Training, Jemma Constant came in third place for the team with a score of 72.115%. In Introductory level, Isabel Ammendolia was second place for the team with a score of 74.063%. 

This was the final regional IDA show of the year and the year-end awards were presented after the show.

Ellis and Lempicki were champion and reserve champion, respectively, for First level. Constant was champion for Lower Training. Ammendolia was reserve champion for Introductory. Additionally, Lempicki was champion and Constant was reserve champion for their respective Dressage Seat Equitation divisions.   

Bridgewater College came in second place in IDA Region H with 68 points, only one point behind Emory and Henry College with 69 points. Bridgewater currently has two confirmed test riders competing as individuals at the IDA National Championships, Ellis in First level and Constant in lower training. Lempicki is also qualified for IDA Nationals in First Level for dressage seat equitation. 

Two riders are still in contention for wild card entries to the national show - Lempicki as a First level and Ammendolia as an Introductory rider. All final wild card slots for IDA Nationals will be announced Wednesday with Bridgewater likely to be awarded one of two slots as a team.

Bridgewater was also honored with our own Champaign chosen as 2019 IDA Region H Horse of the Year. Champaign was a favorite ride at the Bridgewater IDA shows and has been greatly missed since he passed away this winter.