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Equestrian Champions

Berry riders (from left) AnnaLee Cooley, Emily Lambert, Elizabeth Poczobut, Sarah Cooper and Allie Robertson.

The Berry equestrian team is closing in on “dynasty” status after claiming its second national championship in a row – and third in five years – at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s Western Nationals. Berry also competed nationally in softball and men’s golf this spring, with the softball team finishing with the best record in its history, 39-8, and hosting an NCAA Division III regional for the first time.

This year’s equestrian title was shared with St. Andrews University after the two teams finished the four-day competition tied with 19 total points. Five other teams finished within four points of the leaders, including Ohio State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Oregon State University.

“Winning the national championship for the third time in five years is such an honor,” said Berry coach Margaret Knight. “I’m so proud of my team this year and how hard everyone worked to defend the title. We are truly blessed!”

Four riders scored points for Berry in the team competition: sophomore AnnaLee Cooley (first, Advanced Western Horsemanship), freshman Sarah Cooper (second, Novice Western Horsemanship), junior Elizabeth Poczobut (second, Open Western Horsemanship) and freshman Allie Robertson (fifth, Intermediate Western Horsemanship). Poczobut also competed in Open Reining, finishing eighth, while freshman Emily Lambert matched that placement in Beginner Western Horsemanship.

Individually, Poczobut claimed a No. 5 national finish in the High Point Western Rider competition, while Berry’s lone hunt-seat competitor – senior Mallory Hammer – was ninth in Open Equitation on the Flat.

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Icon of EducationCollege of the Ozarks President Jerry Davis (61H) has been named a 2014 “Icon of Education” by Ingram’s, a Kansas City-based business magazine. The publication lauded Davis for his foresight in examining the dynamics of funding a college education “a full 25 years before the issue of student loan debt became a significant national concern.” The result is a model built on a concept familiar to Berry alumni – student work. At the College of the Ozarks, students work on campus to defray the cost of their education, eventually graduating debt free. Ingram’s also praised his focus on character development, as evidenced by the founding of the Keeter Center for Character Education on the College of the Ozarks’ Point Lookout, Mo., campus.

Davis has held his current post since 1988. Previously, he was president for 11 years at Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky. His own educational journey began at the Mount Berry School for Boys, where he earned his high school diploma in 1961. He later received a bachelor’s degree from Mars Hill College, a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

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