The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: The Transylvania Equestrian team had arguably their best showing of the year over the past weekend at the Hunt/Seat event hosted by UK at Lakeside Arena in Lexington. Specifically, Kate Hindman and Ashley Montgomery performed exceptionally, with Hindman competing in Intermediate Fence and Open Flat (finishing fourth and fifth respectively) and Montgomery placing first in her class in Beginner Walk Trot Canter.

Matchup of the Week: The baseball Pioneers look to bounce back from their loss to Birmingham as they travel to rival Centre on Wednesday night at 5:30pm. A pair of juniors (Sam Liggett and Zach Bynum) have jumped out to lead the team offensively early in the season, and look to continue the trend against the 2-3 Colonels.

Player to Watch: The Pioneers lacrosse squad will look for their first win of the season against Alma College, here in Lexington at Bryan Station High School. Clay Douthat leads the team in both goals (with three in two games) and shots on goal and the Pioneers will need his contribution to continue as they look for the victory this Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Transy annonces Equestrian program

by Abby Fergusson                Erin Brock
Sports Editor                          Editor-in-Chief

Dary Wax, owner of Dreamer's Run Farm and leader of the new equestrian program at Transylvania, has experience in both riding and instructing other riders in competition.

The Transylvania University Pioneers will add an equestrian program to their list of varsity athletics in the 2012-2013 school year, marking the 23rd varsity sport for the university.

The newly announced program will compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), which was established in 1967 and, to date, contains more than 370 college teams, representing more than 8,300 riders.
The Pioneers will compete in English riding, or the “hunt seat” division. The hunt seat is based on the tradition of fox hunting and is one of the most commonly found forms of forward seat riding.

Transy aims to participate in eight different levels and nine competition classes within the English division, ranging from walk-trot to walk-trot-canter and including both flat work and work over fences.

The hope is for Transy to also complete in the Western division of riding, which includes walk-jog, horsemanship and reining.

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