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Matt Arrigon Head Coach Matt Arrigon finished his first year as the head coach of the Lynchburg College equestrian program. In his first year as the head coach, Arrigon had one rider earn reserve champion at the national championship show, had several players earn top three placements, and on several occasions a player was named the high point rider or reserve champion for an entire show. An Oxford, Ohio, native, he attended Miami University (OH) where he received his undergraduate degree in operations management with a minor in supply chain management and business statistics in 2007. As a rider on the RedHawk equestrian team, he finished the 200506 IHSA show season with a third-place finish at IHSA nationals in intermediate on the flat rider. Arrigon has recently served as the assistant riding coach for Ohio State and Xavier Universities and worked at Beckett Run Farm and the David Beisel Stables.

2009 Season Review The 2009 rendition of the equestrian season proved to be one of the most historic seasons in the history of the program. The team won its first show in recent memory, taking the crown at Sweet Briar College on February 8. In the winning effort, Lynchburg defeated 2007 and 2009 ODAC Champions Bridgewater College, 2008 ODAC Champions Hollins University, 2005 ODAC Champions Randolph College, Washington & Lee, and the host Sweet Briar College. Additionally, three riders qualified for the Zone IV Championship show. Caitlin Flathers qualified in novice fences, Sarah Ridgeway earned qualification in advanced walk/trot/canter, and Kelly Gerland made it to the Zone Championships in novice flat and intermediate fences. Gerland took her riding to a new level thereafter. At the Zone Finals, she was named the reserve champion in intermediate fences to earn a chance to win a national championship in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kelly continued her tear through the equine ranks in Nashville while also reaching heights never seen in the history of the team. Kelly narrowly missed out on being crowned the national champion in intermediate fences, finishing two points behind a University of Kentucky rider en route to earning the title of reserve champion. Her finish in the national competition is the highest ever for any LC rider in history. Several other riders had strong seasons for LC. Charlotte Harris had three top three finishes, including winning open fences at Hollins University. Caitlin Flathers placed in the top three in intermediate flat five times and won the competition on three instances. She also competed in novice fences, winning the award in the event twice. Jamie Carille posted several strong performances in novice flat as she won the event at Hollins and had four more top three performances. Sarah Ridgeway proved to be one of the better walk/trot/canter riders in the region, taking top billing at Bridgewater while also earning second place on two other occasions. Mallory Williams was a steady performer in walk/trot, posting four top three performances.

History & Information The Lynchburg College equestrian team began competing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) in 1987 and produced one All-ODAC rider in the inaugural season. The 1989 team produced two All-ODAC riders, including two-time All-ODAC performer Suzette Sims. The equestrian team in 1990 posted its highest finish ever at the ODAC Championship show, tying for second place. From 1992-1993, the Hornets placed third at the ODACs and had five All-ODAC riders in the stretch. With the turn of the calendar to 1994, Lynchburg College and the ODAC became witness to one of the best riders in the history of the conference as Erica Koch earned All-Conference accolades four straight years. That year, head coach Janet McBrien earned ODAC Coach of the Year honors, the first Coach of the Year award in LC history. The 2002 team narrowly missed out on winning the ODAC Championship, finishing with 13 points, just two points

behind first place. History was made in 2009 - current rider Kelly Gerland advanced to national competition and earned the highest finish in program history, taking reserve champion honors in intermediate fences, finishing just two points behind the winner. The Lynchburg College riders hone their skills at the Randolph College stables across town. It is a 100 acre facility in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It includes a 360’ x 250’ jumping amphitheater, a 250’ x 150’ schooling ring, and a 120’ x 300’ indoor arena. Additional amenities include Hunter trial course and outside schooling jumps, a modern 40-stall barn, and two outdoor rings. It also acts as the home location for LC shows, often pairing up with Randolph College to co-host IHSA sanctioned shows.

Alumni Memories Caitlin Flathers ‘09 My goal as a freshman entering Lynchburg College’s IHSA riding program was to progress from the Novice Division to Open. Intercollegiate riding is different from any other form, and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But sure enough, in only three years I climbed up all three divisions, qualifying for Regionals and Zones every time. I can only thank the program’s individualized attention and great coaching for my success. What I didn’t know at the time, however, was just how far those experiences would take me. Now, as an alum, I am directly employing the skills I learned at school as I train for the Olympics in the Modern Pentathlon - the only other sport that involves a similar “catch-riding” style as in IHSA. For me, Lynchburg College has been more than just a school, it’s a launching pad for the rest of my athletic career and life.

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2009-2010 Schedule Date

Show Name

Sep. 27

Tournament of Champions Invitational

Oct. 4

Radford University IHSA

Oct. 16

Randolph/LC IHSA

Oct. 18

Hollins University IHSA

Oct. 31

Bridgewater College IHSA

Feb. 5

Randolph/LC IHSA

Feb. 7

Sweet Briar College IHSA

Feb. 13

Bridgewater College IHSA

Feb. 20

Hollins University IHSA

Feb. 21

University of Virginia IHSA

2009 Results Date

Show Name


Oct. 5

Radford University IHSA

Oct. 10

Hollins University IHSA

Oct. 11

Randolph/LC IHSA


Nov. 1

Bridgewater College IHSA


Feb. 6

Randolph/LC IHSA


Feb. 8

Sweet Briar College IHSA


Feb. 14

Bridgewater Coll. IHSA

Feb. 22

Univ. of Virginia IHSA


Mar. 27

In-House Horse Show


Apr. 5

IHSA Zone IV Championship

Apr. 10

ODAC Championships

Apr. 23-26

IHSA National Championships

Apr. 24

In-House Horse Show

May 1

In-House Horse Show

5th Tied 5th

Tied 2nd


Home Show Hosted at the randolph college stables

Founded in 1903 by Dr. Josephus Hopwood, Lynchburg College is the second oldest college in Virginia to be established as coeducational. Throughout its history, Lynchburg College has maintained strong commitments to the importance of the liberal arts as the basis for education. The College combines liberal education with career development and is dedicated to helping students develop the curiosity and interests that will enrich their private lives, the intellectual and social skills important for success Hopwood Hall in the public world of work, and the values and purpose necessary for citizenship in a changing world. The College has 157 full-time faculty and an enrollment of 2,500 students in undergraduate and graduate study. Thirty-seven states and eight foreign countries are represented within the multiculturally diverse student body. The College’s strong academic offerings include 38 major and 46 minor areas of concentration; an honors program; and masters programs in education, business, english, music, and history. The College’s grounds are graced by thirty buildings, most of Georgian design. The 470-acre Claytor Nature Study Center in nearby Bedford County features a diverse natural learning environment for College students and for the community. A member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), Lynchburg College offers twenty-one intercollegiate sports. The College has produced more than ninety ODAC championships and more than 150 All-America athletes. Through the College’s SERVE (Students Engaged in Responsible Volunteer Service) program, students, faculty, and staff contributed more than 45,000 hours in the 2007-2008 academic year to more than 200 College and community organizations. The Mason Center for Economic Education offers workshops on leadership, workforce development, and information technology. Daura Gallery exhibitions, Theatre productions, Fine Arts and Lecture Series featuring speakers of national and international prominence, and performances by the Lynchburg College Concert and Handbell Choirs, Wind Ensemble, and Dance Company enrich the cultural life of the community. The College is one of only two Virginia colleges and forty nationwide to be recognized in Colleges That Change Lives by former New York Times education editor Loren Pope, and the John Templeton Foundation has twice selected Lynchburg College for its Honor Roll of Character-Building Colleges. Two recent Student Government Association presidents received the national Multicultural Student Leader Award from the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) and the Student Government Association and Student Activities Board have received NACA Awards of Excellence.

Top Riders Katie Bremen

Sophomore Saint James, New York Management Major Top Placements: Novice Fences: Second (Hollins, Bridgewater)

Lynchburg College Equestrian

Jamie Carille

Freshman Virginia Beach, VA/Frank W. Cox Marketing Major Graphic Design Minor Top Placements: Novice Fences: 3rd (Bridgewater) Novice Flat: 2nd (Sweet Briar, Radford), 3rd (Bridgewater two times)

Kelly Gerland

Freshman Malvern, Pennsylvania Management Major Psychology Minor Top Placements: Reserve Champion: Intermediate Fences (IHSA Nationals) High Point Rider (Bridgewater) Reserve Overall High Point Rider (Sweet Briar) Interm. Fences: 2nd at IHSA Zone IV Champ., IHSA Zone Finals Novice Flat: 2nd at IHSA Zone IV Championships

Mary Prinzinger

Sophomore Goode, Virginia, Jefferson Forest Biomedical Science Major Economics Minor Top Placements: Novice Flat: 3rd (Hollins)

Jordan Rooney

Freshman Wyckoff, New Jersey Criminology Major Top Placements: Open Flat: 4th (Hollins), 5th (Randolph/LC, Bridgewater) Intermediate Fences: 4th (Bridgewater), 5th (Randolph/LC)

Caitlin Flathers ‘09, Sarah Ridgeway ‘09, and Kelly Gerland ‘11 Each Qualified for the IHSA Zone IV Championship Show

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