The Ohio State Equestrian Team has another banner to hang on the wall.
OSU’s equestrian club traveled to Raleigh, N.C. last weekend to compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships and finished as reserved national champions in second place.
“I’m really excited,” said coach Ollie Griffith. “We had plenty of opportunity to win and we just had a few bad breaks … but the team was great. They gave it everything they had.”
The team finished second behind Oregon State University, who won the championship for the first time. Nebraska finished third.
The team now boasts nine national championships and six reserve finishes.
“We got another banner to hang on the wall,” Griffith said.
The team also came home with some individual wins.
Beth Bianco, a veteran Equestrian team member, was first in individual reigning. Austin Griffith, a second-year in marketing and Ollie Griffith’s son, was the high-point reigning and horsemanship western rider.
“It was an awesome experience,” Austin Griffith said. “Winning the high point rider was really something I’ve really wanted to do.”
Claire Sutton, a third-year in environmental science, won second in the team advanced competition. Lidia Pedrozo, a first-year in biology and animal science, was fourth in the team beginner bracket.
“It was a lot of fun,” Austin Griffith said. “Our coaches just wouldn’t let up and we pulled through. I was really proud of our team.”