SAU Hunter Seat Team extends regional lead
Laurinburg, N.C. – The St. Andrews University Hunter Seat Team finished first at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competition at the Equestrian Center Saturday to extend the Zone 4, Region 3 lead to 36 points.
Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and Davidson University rounded out the top five in the event that included 11 schools.
“Team veterans Kim Graves, Alie McGraw and Katie Hansen all won their flat classes setting the standard for the remainder of the day,” said Coach Ashley Duda.
Also adding first place finishes on the day were Park Hoey, Kayla McBath, Caitlin Karolak, Abigail Skillman, Kali Cram, Tori Burkey, Valerie Robey, Jackie Rigsbee, Mia Dipillo and Regina Barasch.
“Freshman Regina Barasch won her section of Open Over Fences and followed that up with a win in her Intermediate Flat class becoming one of three rider tied for the high point rider,” Duda said. “In the ride off at the end of the day, Regina came out ahead of two riders from Duke to earn the championship title.”
Contributing second place finishes were Hillary Todd, Nikki Napoleone, and Michelle Eld. Third place finishes were earned by Kim Graves, Hansen, Sarah Lishen, Tara Algeri, Morgan Potts, Julie Griffin and Alexandra Fullerton.
Fourth place honors were earned by Cat Stumberg, Keli Van Den Heuvel, Chandalyn Chrzanowski, and Sara Hackney. Kali Cram contributed a sixth place finish.
“We had a lot of support for this show,” said Equestrian Director Peggy McElveen. “Spanish professor Jeff Birdsong was discussing the show in Spanish while music professor Bill McConnell performed the National Anthem. We also had several alumni help, including Rob Jacobs, Kelly Meehan and Marianne Stark.”
The Hunter Seat team will compete next on Nov. 13 at an IHSA show hosted by East Carolina University.
Dressage team slips to second
“Averett is a strong school and will be difficult to beat,” said Coach Jackie Dwelle. “Their riders have more opportunities to compete at schooling and recognized shows than our riders and this gives them a competitive edge.”
Brianna Carter and Jenna Marten earned second place in Training Level Test 1 and Introductory Level Test B respectively. Third place finishes were turned in by Lindsey Agaliotis in First Level Test 2 and Lauren Parker in Training Level Test 1. Erin Hudson and Masha Peckham earned fourth place in First Level Test 2 and Introductory Level Test B. Casey Curtis and Katelee Johnson were fifth in Training Level Test 3 and Introductory Level Test B.
“I have challenged the team individually and as a group to tell me how they plan to improve their riding by the time we compete again in February,” said Dwelle. “Although this is a team sport, it is the responsibility of each individual to improve their skills. Everyone has a different challenge.”
The SAU dressage team will next compete Feb. 18 at Averett, with a second show Feb. 19 at the same location. They will end the regular season March 18 at home.
About St. Andrews University
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