When Makayla Benjamin (on right) joined the Sweet Briar College equestrian team Madi Cromwell (on left) was her teammate.
Fast-forward to 2018 and Cromwell is the assistant coach while Benjamin is the IHSA Nationals Cacchione Cup Champion!
The only rider from Region 4 to get past Zones and compete at Nationals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Benjamin had the
third best jumping score through phase one (with an '83'), moved back to eighth overall after the flat phase and then
moved all the way to first with a spectacular over fences test. The senior from Leesburg, Virginia truly went out on
top, and even the Vixens team won their first region title in nine seasons as a bonus.