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Equestrian Team Saddles Up for Sixth Season at Mississippi College

September 21, 2012

Horses with names like Stainless Steel, Highland Laddie, Forever Young and Hale Bopp are a big part of Mississippi College’s equestrian team.

The horses are among the favorites for riders on the MC squad that begins its sixth season this fall.

Another vital part of the team is new head coach Tina Davey. The 27-year-old California native is optimistic about prospects for a successful season with a fast- growing roster of 25 MC students in September. “We have a strong team this year made up of some fantastic riders.”

Davey is also pumped because Mississippi College will host an October 6 horse show on its home turf, Providence Hill Farm. All levels of competition will be showing from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Team members will compete and be on hand to sell food and beverages to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization fighting childhood cancer. Named for a young cancer patient Alex Scott, who died in 2004, the Pennsylvania-based organization has raised $55 million nationwide to battle childhood cancer in recent years.

“Come support the team and Alex’s Lemonade Stand,” Davey says. More information on the cause can be found by going to the website www.alexlemonade.org.

Returning riders like MC seniors Leah Katynski of Orlando and Kathryn Cawthon of Brandon, junior Courtney Evans of Ridgeland and sophomore Katherine Mooney of Jackson are coming back on the heels of a successful 2011-2012 season. The MC team traveled to competition in states like Tennessee and Kentucky last season.

The team captain studying biology/pre-med on the Clinton campus, Mooney practically grew up riding at Providence Hill Farm. “She’s a shoe-in for the regionals in the novice division,” Davey said of the Jackson Academy graduate.

Katynski is MC’s talented open division rider. Cawthon is likely to compete for a spot in the regionals next spring in the novice flat and over the fences division. After taking a semester off to study in London, Evans is expected to land in the regionals in the intermediate over the fences and flat division. She’s a Madison-Ridgeland Academy graduate.

Newcomers who should make a difference include 2012 Pearl High graduate Rachel Wilson, an MC freshman, and Erica Reynolds of Keller, Texas, who will compete in the intermediate division.

The Mississippi College riders come from Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, California, Alabama, Arkansas and North Carolina. One of the team members is Sarah Yost who learned to ride in Kenya when she lived there with her parents on a mission trip.

Among the area riders on the MC squad this year is Wesley Perry of Clinton and Hannah Daly of Madison. Nursing student Natalie Angel of South Carolina is thrilled to be on the equestrian team for the third year in a row. “I love the girls, the horses, and the barns. It’s therapeutic to ride and exercise and be with the horses.”

Stephanie Brislin, a nursing major and rider from Ocean Springs, says she hopes to see many of her MC classmates supporting the team at the Providence Hill Farm show.

Members of MC’s equestrian team also participate in a Mississippi horse show in Canton October 13-14 before they travel to other states for more events later this season.

For more information, contact Tina Davey at davey_christina@yahoo.com or go to the website http://www.mcequestrianteam.com.

Photo: MC equestrian team members: Stephanie Brislin of Ocean Springs, Natalie Angel of South Carolina, Katherine Mooney of Jackson, and Rachel Wilson of Pearl, Miss.

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