Sweet Briar, Georgia Named NCEA National Champions

No. 1 Sweet Briar was named the first-ever 2021 CWD Single Discipline National Champion after a 6-2 win over No. 2 Lynchburg. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

WACO, Texas – No. 1 Sweet Briar was named the first-ever 2021 CWD Single Discipline National Champion after a 6-2 win over No. 2 Lynchburg.  

The Single Dual Discipline Championship opened with Flat. Sweet Briar claimed the event with a 3-1 win over Lynchburg. Britt Larson-Jackson topped Caroline Waters 226-194 to garner the first point of the day. Lillian Peterson followed with a 190-173 defeat over Lori Ohannessian and Emmy Longest upended Taylor Herzog 221-186 to clinch the win. Closing out Flat, Lynchburg’s Kelley McCormick had an 89-point winning margin with a 225-136 victory over Katie Balding.

In fences, Balding kept the momentum going with a 249-215 win over Jacqi Needle. The Hornets garnered a point in the event when Lilly Fraley topped Britt Larson-Jackson as the Vixens led 4-2. Lilliam Peterson clinched the win defeating Ohannessian 253-236. Rachel Perry wrapped up the day with a 206 and the final point.

The Hornets were named the 2021 Parlanti Single Discipline Runner-Up in their first appearance in the national championship.

No. 3 Georgia edged out No. 4 SMU 9-7 to claim the 2021 NCEA Dual Discipline national championship title. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Georgia edges SMU 9-7 in championship

WACO, Texas – No. 3 Georgia edged out No. 4 SMU 9-7 to claim the 2021 NCEA Dual Discipline national championship title.

Georgia started the day on top with a 3-1 victory in Flat. Hayley Mairano opened with a 244-214 defeat over Madigan Eppink. Taylor Madden tied the event with a 254, the highest score in the event this week. Isabelle Heckler topped Madi Johnson 248-233 as the Bulldogs led 2-1. Wrapping up the event, Ali Tritschler upended Olivia Woodson 251-238 to lead 3-1.

The Mustangs tied things up in Horsemanship. Mallory Vroegh defeated Sara Lewis 220-209 to close the gap to one (3-2). Georgia’s Leah Anderson upended Nya Kearns 221-218.5 as the Bulldogs led 4-2. Aubrey Alderman and Megan Waldron both won their points to tie up the meet 4-4 at the halfway mark.

After Fences, Georgia led 7-5. SMU’s Olivia Woodson defeated Rachel McMullen 271-257 for the lone Mustang point. Haley Maraino tied the meet back up (5-5), until Ali Tritschler and Jordan Toering won their points with scores of 262 and 258, respectively, to win the event 3-1.

Closing out the day, the Mustangs and the Bulldogs split Reining, 2-2. Dani Latimer won the first point with a 223.5-219.5 victory over Caitlin Lyons. Georgia’s Lindsay Guynn edged Taylor Zimmerman by half a point (218-217.5) as UGA led 8-6. Aubrey Alderman upended Jordan Carpenter 219.5-197, forcing the meet to come down to the final point. Courtney Blumer claimed the last point of the day with a 214.5-211.5 victory.


2021 NCEA Awards

Equo Most Outstanding Fences Performer (Dual)
Sydnie Ziegler, Oklahoma State

Equo Most Outstanding Fences Performer (Single)
Lillian Peterson, Sweet Briar

Equifit Most Outstanding Flat Performer (Dual)
Ali Tritschler, Georgia

Equifit Most Outstanding Flat Performer (Single)
Kelley McCormick, Lynchburg

Shorty’s Most Outstanding Horsemanship Performer
Aubrey Alderman, SMU

Kimes Ranch Most Outstanding Reining Performer
Dani Latimer, SMU

McClennan County All-Championship Team
Fences
Lillian Peterson, Sweet Briar
Sydnie Ziegler, Oklahoma State
Katie Schell, Oklahoma State
Ali Tritschler, Georgia
Jordan Toering, Georgia
Rachael Davis, Baylor

Flat
Kelley McCormick, Lynchburg
Ali Tritschler, Georgia
Isabella Heckler, Georgia
Hayley Mairano, Georgia
Taylor Madden, SMU
Rachael Davis, Baylor

Horsemanship
Aubrey Alderman, SMU
Leah Anderson, Georgia
Nya Kearns, SMU
Mallory Vroegh, SMU
Clara Johnson, Baylor

Reining
Dani Latimer, SMU
Courtney Blumer, Georgia
Aubrey Alderman, SMU
Jordan Carpenter, Georgia
Jenna Meimerstorf, Baylor

Essex Most Outstanding Fences Horse
Hasta, Texas A&M

Essex Most Outstanding Flat Horse
Risky, Texas A&M

NRHA Most Outstanding Horsemanship Horse
Chili, Oklahoma State
Flash, TCU

NRHA Most Outstanding Reining Horse
Boss, Oklahoma State

APHA Elite Equestrian 
Lori Ohannessian, Lynchburg

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