Hollins Riders Shine at SWVHJA Horse Show

Maddy Lohr

Maddy Lohr ’19 captured multiple honors at the 28th Annual Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association (SWVHJA) Horse Show, which took place November 4 – 6 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.

Lohr earned gold in the SWVHJA Adult Medal Finals and was also named Younger Adult Amateur Hunter Champion; Best Amateur Rider; Grand Champion Children’s/Adult Amateur Hunter; and Grand Champion Adult Amateur Hunter.

Other standout riders for Hollins included Allison Sherwood ’20 won silver in the SWVHJA Hunter Seat Medal Finals and was Low Hunter Champion and Under Saddle Children’s Hunter Champion; Heavon Allen ’18 (fifth, SWVHJA Adult Medal Finals); Randi Byrd ’18 (second, Adult Amateur Hunter Under Saddle; sixth, Low Hunter); Madi Hurley ’17 (tenth, SWVJA Adult Medal Finals; second, Adult Amateur Hunter); Lucy Smith ’17 (first, fourth, Special Adult Hunter); Mimi Washburn ’19 (third, first, third, Special Adult Hunter; Under Saddle Special Adult Hunter Champion); and Kate McNamee ’17 (sixth, fourth, Special Adult Hunter).

This year’s SWVHJA Horse Show was dedicated to the memory of L.M. “Sandy” Gerald, who served for 16 years as head riding coach at Hollins and died unexpectedly last April. He was a seven-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. A 2006 inductee into SWVHJA Hall of Fame, Gerald was also a member of  the Virginia Horse Show Association Hall of Fame and the Roanoke Valley Horse Show Hall of Fame.

Photo caption: Sarah Brown ’13 (left), Hollins’ equestrian recruiting and marketing coordinator, with Maddy Lohr ’19.