SAU equestrian program faces packed weekend
Laurinburg, N.C. – The St. Andrews University equestrian program will participate in three events this weekend, with two held at the Equestrian Center on Hasty Road.
First up, the Center will host an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Hunter Seat Competition on Saturday.
“We are looking forward to a big day of showing at home,” said Coach Ashley Duda who will have 26 SAU riders competing. “We are currently 23 points ahead in our region and the team is looking to bring home a win while also extending our region lead.”
On the individual front, Katie Hansen is leading the Cacchione Cup race for the region. The Cacchione Cup is awarded each year to the top hunter seat open rider with participants determined by the regular season point accumulation. Only the top point riders in each region have the opportunity.
“Katie has been riding very strongly this week and the team will look for strong performances from her in the open division,” said Duda. “The team will also rely on a number of upperclassmen to lead throughout the day.”
SAU leads the highly competitive region by a single point heading into Sunday’s competition. Team captain Lindsey Agaliotis will be riding in first level test two against Averett’s strong senior Emily Henderson, with whom she is tied for the individual points lead on the season.
“Emily has been to the Nationals every year I believe,” said Coach Jackie Dwelle. “Lindsey just moved up to the first level and is working really hard.”
The 12 SAU riders making the trip to Virginia are a mix ranging from a core of experienced seniors to freshmen just getting their feet wet.
“These riders have worked at their riding during their time at St. Andrews,” Dwelle said. “I am hopeful that the many hours spent riding without stirrups and practicing in the dressage arena will pay off.”
While the Dressage Team is away, the riders left behind will take part in the fall’s second Showing Under the Stars event at the Equestrian Center.
“The show will start at 2 p.m. and will be mostly game classes,” said Event Coordinator Heather Wile. “After such a long day of competition Saturday, this will be the time for our riders and horses to have some fun.”
The event will begin with the popular costume class. Students will dress their horses and themselves in costumes and parade for the crowd.
“The judge will award prizes for different categories of costume,” said Wile.
Additional classes in the competition will include bareback riding, haunted trail classes, derby classes and everything in between.
“Riders from all levels and disciplines will be riding,” said Wile. “We welcome any and all interested to come out to this fun show.”
Each of these events is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the St. Andrews Equestrian Center at 910-276-7771.
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 email@example.com.