SAU Hunter Seat Team wins at Duke
Duke finished second with East Carolina University third. Coastal Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill rounded out the top five.
The win puts St. Andrews in the lead for the region by a full 23 points over Duke University and North Carolina State University, who are tied for second.
“Coach Ashley Duda had her riders well prepared having done special team practices on Friday and Saturday,” said Equestrian Director Peggy McElveen. “Many of our students’ parents came to cheer us on and they had a lot to cheer about as St. Andrews began to win class after class. Every one of our riders placed in the top four in their divisions.”
Alexandra Fullerton was the Champion High Point Rider for the event. Katie Hansen and Kim Graves shared the honor of Reserve Champion High Point Rider, a rare occurrence at an IHSA event.
“Whenever there is a tie in points for High Point or Reserve High Point Rider, the judge asks the riders questions concerning equitation, theory, or horse care,” said McElveen. “There were five riders tied for Reserve High Point at the Duke Show and the judge quickly eliminated all but the St. Andrews students. After the fourth round of questions was answered correctly by Katie and by Kim, the judge declared a tie!”
First places finishes for St. Andrews were provided by Hansen in Open Flat Section B, Graves in Open Flat Section C, Regina Barasch in Open Fences Section B, Sami Cram in Intermediate Flat Section A, Kali Cram in Intermediate Fences Section B, Alexandra Fullerton in Novice Flat Section B, Fullerton in Novice Flat Section B and Novice Fences Section A, Alie McGraw in Novice Fences Section C, and Lacy Burke in Beginning Walk, Trot, Canter Section C.
Contributing second place finishes were Hansen in Open Fences Section A, Graves in Open Fences Section B, Catherine McDowell in Novice Flat Section E, Hillary Todd in Advanced Walk, Trot, Canter Section B, Cami Glaff in Advanced Walk, Trot, Canter Section E, Jameson Crandall in Beginning Walk, Trot, Canter Section A, and Shiloh Kozlowski in Walk, Trot Section C.
Kayla McBath and Morgan Potts finished fourth in Intermediate Flat Section B and Walk Trot Section A respectively. St. Andrews will host an IHSA Hunter Seat competition on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Equestrian Center on Hasty Road. The show is free and the public is warmly invited to attend.
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.