Sunday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Go CATS! University of Kentucky Brings Unbridled Spirit to VHT


UK Dressage and Eventing won the Spirit Award, presented by Virginia Horse Trials! Go Cats!

Posted by Virginia Horse Trials on Sunday, May 27, 2018

For the last three years, Virginia Horse Trials has sponsored the coveted Spirit Award, which rewards students competing at the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship for exceptional school pride, camaraderie and teamwork. The 2018 Spirit Award winner is the University of Kentucky team! As a reward for their unbridled spirit Jackie LeMastus, Mia Fox, Elizabeth Silva-Chandley and Shannon McCall received refunds on their entries, courtesy of VHT organizer Andy Bowles.

“The Intercollegiate Championships is a special event because you can see how the students have worked hard training and fundraising to get here and how they support one another throughout the competition. We want to reward those riders who may not earn a top placing but display teamwork and school spirit that defines collegiate sports,” Andy said.

Go CATS! Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The entire College Town stabling complex was decorated floor to ceiling with collegiate gear, but UK went above and beyond as they chased one another around cross country courses, shouting battle cries as they went. Each student bent over backwards to watch each team member compete between their own rides. And with only four competitors, they were just as cheerful and color coordinated as the larger teams, if not more!

Congratulations to University of Kentucky for their enormous spirit and for placing seventh in the Intercollegiate Championship, too!

Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results]

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