St. Andrews University wins two equestrian shows
“This was a great weekend for our teams and a great way to celebrate St. Andrews University,” said Equestrian Program Director Peggy McElveen.
The Hunter Seat Team hosted the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) show Saturday at the Equestrian Center. The Team earned Championship Status with 44 points, seven points ahead of second place North Carolina State University. Duke University finished in third.
Adding to the success of the day, senior Ali McGraw earned high point rider recognition ahead of East Carolina University’s Kathryn Hall.
First place finishes were added by juniors Kim Graves and Katie Hansen in Open Flat, sophomore Shiloh Kozlowski in Walk Trot, juniors Caitlin Karolak and Mia Dipillo in Walk Trot Canter, McGraw in Novice Flat and Novice Fences, and sophomore Alexandra Fullerton in Novice Fences. (Complete SAU Show Results)
“We also hosted the inaugural BOB Derby,” said McElveen. “This is a fun class created to help raise money for the IHSA Nationals next May. One rider from each school entered with double the entry fee going to the winning rider. The test included trot fences, backing through poles, turn on the forehand, a hand gallop to a jump and opening a gate while mounted.”
SAU’s Hansen took the blue ribbon with 87 points. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Brittain McNeel took the Reserve Champion with 85 points.
While the Hunter Seat Team celebrated, the Dressage Team traveled to Raleigh to compete in the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) show at North Carolina State University.
SAU took first with 19 points, with Averett University a close second at 17 points. NCSU finished third.
“The IDA team members have worked incredibly hard to develop a solid foundation in their riding,” said Coach Jackie Dwelle. “Dressage is not an easy sport and success comes from understanding the need for a strong core and then working to develop that center as well as being really fit to ride. All my riders showed this of today and I am really excited to see where the competitive season will take us.”
The results showed this strength, with junior Lindsey Agaliotis and senior Olivia Taylor earning first place in First Level and Upper Training respectively.
“We’ve all been working really hard, practicing our tests and working in lessons,” said Taylor. “I think everybody is really prepared. We drew really nice horses.”
Senior Lauren Parker earned second place in her Intro C test and it was enough for her to gain the Reserve High Point Champion ribbon for the day.
“I feel like we did really well, we delivered,” Parker said. “I feel like we came out and did what we aimed to do so our day is good.”
The IHSA Hunter Seat Team will next competed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Show on Oct. 15. The Dressage team competes again at home on Oct. 22. The Equestrian Center will host a pair of Western Shows this coming weekend.
About St. Andrews University
St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.