St. Andrews Western Team heading to the Semi Finals
Laurinburg, N.C. – The St. Andrews Presbyterian College Western Team earned a place in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Western Semi-Finals with a win Saturday at the St. Andrews Equestrian Center.
The Knights defeated North Carolina Statue University by a final total of 38 to 32 in the show, giving the St. Andrews riders the regular season total of 275 to State’s 272.
“You can’t imagine how proud I am,” said Coach Carla Wennberg. “Our horses did a brilliant job, my students totally organized everything within two hours and they did everything as horsemen.”
The season long battle between St. Andrews rider Kelsey Moody and State rider Kody Zaagman for the reigning division title also came down to the final regular season competition. While both will go to the Semi-Finals, Zaagman edged out Moody for high point rider.
Moody, who tied Zaagman for high point rider on the day, also added a first place finish in Open Horsemanship. Madison Webb earned first place in Intermediate II Horsemanship Section A while Brittany Powell was first in Section B. Ale Meyer and Tyler Gritzuk earned first place finishes in Novice Horsemanship Section A and Walk Jog Section B respectively. Leah Davison was first in Intermediate I Horsemanship Section A with teammate Shelley Whittemore second.
Second place finishes were turned in by Lindsey Agaliotis in Advance Horsemanship Section A and Advanced Horsemanship Section B; Amber Powell in Walk Jog Section A; and, Kali Cram in Novice Horsemanship Section B.
“I am so proud of our students and their coach,” said Equestrian Program Director Peggy McElveen. “I am so proud of our students and their coach. It has been an extremely challenging year for the Western Team. They have worked very hard to get to this point and their hard work paid off.”
The Regional championships were held Sunday at the Equestrian Center, with nine St. Andrews riders vying for an opportunity to compete as individuals at the Semi-Finals with the team again earning top honors.
“Today was a result of the whole package,” said Wennberg. “The horses were brilliant and the students have been a wonderful team.”
First place finishes were turned in by Kelsey Moody in Open Horsemanship, Shannon Leggett in Advanced Horsemanship, Alex Myers in Novice Horsemanship, Brittany Powell in Intermediate Horsemanship, and Leah Davison in Beginner Horsemanship.
Ann Neal Thompson and Shelley Whittemore earned second place finishes in Advanced Horsemanship and Beginner Horsemanship respectively.
Jake Nix and Kimmy Simmonsen were regional qualifiers in Intermediate Horsemanship.
“Our achievement is made all the more amazing by the fact that we are a small school competing against big universities with far larger populations,” said Wennberg. “I am so proud of our team.”
Judges for the weekend were highly impressed with the events and horses at the Equestrian Center.
“This is the nicest group of horses I have seen at any IHSA show,” said Carolyn Johnson of Ringgold, Ga.
Regionals judge Debra Jones-Wright from Plainville, Ga., added, “The facility is exceptional, one of the best I’ve seen. The horses here are of great quality and are well taken care of. The students and staff were pleasant and helpful. I cannot emphasize enough the wonderful care and presentation of the horses.”
The Semi-Finals are March 26 – 27 at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. Qualifiers there will go on to the national competition May 5-11 at the Kentucky Horse Park.
About St. Andrews Presbyterian College
An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.
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