SAU dominates weekend Western competitions
Laurinburg, N.C. – The St. Andrews University Western Team won both weekend Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competitions at the Equestrian Center to take a 28-point lead in the regional standings over North Carolina State University.
“Every rider did well in pattern work which is huge to me,” said Coach Carla Wennberg. “They were all very effective and thoughtful which showed in the ultimate placings.”
SAU placed first Saturday with 38 points to NCSU’s 28. Virginia Tech, High Point University and Martin Community College rounded out the top five.
Contributing to the top ranking were first place finishes by Katie Mosca in Intermediate II Section A, Kali Cram in Advanced, Shannon Leggett in Open Section B, Madison Webb in Intermediate Section B and Kimmy Simonsen in Novice Section B.
“I’m really excited about my ride,” said Mosca. “It is a different experience to anything else I have done.”
Second place finishes were contributed by Michelle Hustad in Open Section A, Andrea Velez in Intermediate I, Brittany Powell in Novice Section A, Leggett in Reining, and Amber Powell in Walk Jog. Logan Teeter was third in Intermediate II Section B, while Duggan McDermott and Erica Leseur added fourth place finishes in Walk Jog and Novice Section B respectively.
“I’m excited with my first IHSA experience,” Hustad said after Saturday’s competition. “I can’t wait for tomorrow. My strategy will depend on which horse I draw.”
Sunday’s showing for the SAU squad was even more impressive, with a final score of 40 to second place finishing NCSU’s 22. High Point, Virginia Tech and Martin Community College again rounded out the top five.
High Point’s Brittany Marino earned high point rider while SAU’s Shannon Leggett was reserve high point champion.
Contributing first place finishes on Sunday were Hustad in Open Section B, Cram in Advanced, Mosca in Intermediate II Section A, Leggett in Reigning, and Brittany Powell in Novice Section B.
Second place finishes were added by Simonsen in Novice Section A, Madison Webb in Intermediate Section A and Jake Nix in Novice Section B. Leggett and McDermott added third place finishes in Open Section A and Walk Jog respectively. Teeter was fourth in Intermediate II Section B.
The SAU Western Team will next compete Nov. 5-6 at Martin Community College in Williamston, N.C. The Equestrian Center will host a Showing Under the Stars event on Oct. 14.
About St. Andrews University
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