Equestrian adds NCEA competition format to riding program

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Lynchburg, Va. -- Lynchburg College athletic director Jon Waters is proud to announce that the Lynchburg equestrian program will add the National Collegiate Equestrian Association format to its competitive riding program beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

The Hornets will continue to offer their championship-level Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association team in addition to the NCEA-style competition.

"At Lynchburg, we believe in providing high-impact opportunities to each of our students, and in the world of collegiate riding, the NCEA format provides a chance for our student-athletes to challenge themselves against many of the best riders in the country," Waters said. "We have a lot to offer student-riders who are looking for a dynamic athletic experience coupled with high-quality academic offerings."

Lynchburg, which will become NCEA championship eligible no later than the start of the 2019 season, becomes the second NCAA Division III institution to add NCEA this year, following neighboring Sweet Briar College, which announced its addition in the fall. Lynchburg competed in an exhibition in February, defeating Delaware State on total points after splitting the head-to-head rides.

The Lynchburg equestrian program has a strong history and has developed nicely over the past few years after partnering with Sweet Briar at the Harriett Howell Rogers Riding Center. The historic facility and Lynchburg's commitment to enhancing the student-athlete experience have proven to be a successful formula, as Lynchburg students continue to excel in the IHSA, local and regional shows, and have even finished well in the American National Riding Commission Championships during both the 2016 and 2017 academic years.

"Our riding program is always striving to give our students opportunities to grow as riders," said Justine Betzler, Lynchburg riding instructor and coach. "The addition of the NCEA format will continue to challenge riders to reach higher levels of collegiate riding. This year's scrimmage against Delaware State was a great chance for us to experience the NCEA format, and the riders' hard work and dedication in preparing for the scrimmage showed in the results."

"The IHSA and NCEA actually complement each other very well, as we continue to try to meet each of our students where they are and help them reach their riding goals," said Mimi Wroten, executive director of the Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center, where Lynchburg's program is based.

One student who continues to thrive in the program is senior Christina Antonucci (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.). A multiple-time IHSA Cacchione Cup winner for Zone 4, Region 2,  Antonucci has excelled in each of the collegiate riding formats.

"I absolutely adore the athletic department as a whole and love being a part of such a tight-knit community," Antonucci said. "Being involved in our strength and conditioning program has improved my riding tremendously and has given me the knowledge to remain fit after college. In addition, the school has been giving the program a ton of recognition, which is unbelievable to see."

While Lynchburg will not offer riding scholarships, the merit-based academic packages are highly competitive and the wide-ranging academic programs such as the nationally acclaimed Westover Honors College and Doctor of Medical Sciences, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Masters in Business Administration, and nursing programs along with new initiatives growing out of VISION2020, the school's strategic plan provide a wide-reaching, dynamic university offering all wrapped up in private school that has been internationally recognized as one of the  "Colleges that Change Lives."

NCEA and IHSA rules will permit student-riders to compete in both formats for the 2018-19 year while Lynchburg is in its exhibition and scrimmage season. In the future, riders will compete on either the NCEA roster or the IHSA roster.

Lynchburg is in the process of finalizing the 2018-19 schedule, which will include four to six exhibition scrimmages against top-level NCEA programs and a full IHSA schedule in one of the toughest IHSA regions in the country.

For more information on Lynchburg's equestrian offerings, contact lynchburgequestrian@gmail.com.

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Sat Dec 21
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Wed Jan 01
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William Peace
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Sat Jan 04
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Va. Wesleyan
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Johns Hopkins
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Guilford
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87 Lynchburg
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Sat Nov 09
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62 Lynchburg
75 at Hood
MMI Tip-Off Championship
Wed Nov 13
Final
88 Lynchburg
68 at N.C. Wesleyan
Sat Nov 16
Final
69 Hampden-Sydney
74 vs. Methodist
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 1
Sat Nov 16
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80 Pfeiffer
91 vs. Lynchburg
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Sun Nov 17
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99 Hampden-Sydney
108 vs. Pfeiffer
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Sun Nov 17
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69 Methodist
93 vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4
Fri Nov 22
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84 Lynchburg
88 vs. Mary Washington
@ Newport News, Va. CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 1
Sat Nov 23
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77 Lynchburg
79 at No. 9 Chris. Newport
CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 4
Sun Dec 01
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81 Lynchburg
68 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Wed Dec 04
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73 Lynchburg
78 at Ferrum
Sat Dec 07
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51 East. Mennonite
90 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Dec 11
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61 Lynchburg
42 at Averett
Wed Jan 01
2:00 PM
William Peace
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Sat Jan 04
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Va. Wesleyan
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Wed Jan 08
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
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Wed Jan 15
7:30 PM
Hampden-Sydney
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Sat Jan 18
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
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Wed Jan 22
7:00 PM
Ferrum
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Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Sat Jan 25
2:00 PM
Washington and Lee
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Alumni Day | Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Wed Jan 29
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
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Sat Feb 01
2:00 PM
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60 Meredith
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Tue Nov 12
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39 Lynchburg
70 at Averett
Fri Nov 15
Final
39 Lynchburg
52 at Emory
Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic (Game Played at Agnes Scott)
Sat Nov 16
Final
64 Colorado Col.
76 vs. Lynchburg
@ Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Ga. Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic
Wed Nov 20
Final
73 Lynchburg
60 at Hollins
Mon Nov 25
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61 East. Mennonite
82 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Dec 04
Final
58 Lynchburg
49 at Randolph
Sat Dec 07
Final
67 Emory & Henry
56 vs. Lynchburg
CODE RED Game
Fri Dec 20
4:00 PM
Hood
vs. Lynchburg
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
Sat Dec 21
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Marymount (Va.)
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
Thu Jan 02
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Sat Jan 04
4:30 PM
Johns Hopkins
vs. Lynchburg
Tue Jan 07
7:00 PM
Guilford
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Jan 11
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Wed Jan 15
5:00 PM
Washington and Lee
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Jan 18
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Va. Wesleyan
Wed Jan 22
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Sat Jan 25
4:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
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Alumnae Day
Wed Jan 29
7:00 PM
Hollins
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Sat Oct 26
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3 Lynchburg
1 at Va. Wesleyan
Tue Oct 29
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0 Guilford
1 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
Sun Nov 03
Final
0 Randolph-Macon
2 vs. Lynchburg
Match 3 - ODAC Quarterfinal
Fri Nov 08
Final - PK Away
2 Lynchburg
2 at Hampden-Sydney
Match 6 - ODAC Semifinal
Sat Nov 09
Final
0 Lynchburg
1 vs. No. 11 Washington and Lee
@ Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden Sydney, Va. Match 8 - ODAC Championship
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Final
1 Lynchburg
2 at Shenandoah
Wed Oct 30
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2 Lynchburg
1 at Guilford
Sat Nov 02
Final - OT
2 Va. Wesleyan
1 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night | CODE RED Match
Mon Nov 04
Final
0 East. Mennonite
4 vs. Lynchburg
Match 1 - ODAC First Round
Wed Nov 06
Final
1 Lynchburg
4 at No. 14 Randolph-Macon
Match 2 - ODAC Quarterfinals
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