SAU Equestrian Teams find success on the road
Members of the St. Andrews University equestrian program traveled to three weekend competitions, finding top individual finishes at both locations.
The Western Team traveled to a pair of Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competitions at Martin Community College while members of the Show Team traveled to a North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association competition in Raleigh.
The Western Team finished first at Sunday’s Western Show, one point ahead of North Carolina State University.
Finishing in first for SAU were Logan Teeter, Brittany Powell, Katie Mosca, Michelle Hustad, Dugan McDermott and Kali Cram. Madison Webb added a second place finish.
Andrea Velez and Shannon Leggett earned third place finishes. Jake Nix and Kimmy Simonsen added fourth and fifth place finishes to the team total.
At Saturday’s Western Show, SAU finished second to NCSU.
Katie Mosca, Brittany Powell and Dugan McDermott contributed first place finishes in Intermediate Horsemanship II Section A, Novice Horsemanship Section B and Beginner Horsemanship Section B respectively. Amber Powell had a second place finish in Beginner Horsemanship Section A.
Third places finishes came from Jake Nix, Madison Webb, Shannon Leggett and Kali Cram. Andrea Velez and Michelle Hustad added fourth place finishes. Kimmy Simonsen and Logan Teeter contributed fifth place finishes.
“Our Lacrosse player now equestrian western team member Dugan McDermott saved points by beating NCSU point rider in Beginner Horsemanship,” said Coach Carla Wennberg regarding the weekend. “We were saved Sunday by most of the point riders winning their classes. My riders rose to the occasion and we won by the skin of our teeth.”
St. Andrews now holds a 20-point lead in the region over NCSU, but the work of other competitors keeps the team on their toes.
“The dynamics have changed for me in the last year because the state colleges have developed the teams to compete with us,” said Wennberg. “SAU, NCSU and VT are the strong contenders in our region and we have to win every time to be competitive, just placing is no longer sufficient. It speaks very well for SAU that we are competitive against these state colleges. I think about that every time we show.”
The Hunter Seat contingent had a successful trip to Raleigh. Saturday, Lacey Burke won the Limit Hunter Under Saddle competition. Catherine McDowell won the NCHJA Adult Equitation Class on Sunday. Sami Cram won several classes in the Adult Hunter division, earning the Adult Hunter Division Championship while Regi Barasch won several classes in Junior/Amateur Hunter Division, earning her the Junior/Amateur Hunter Division Championship.
“The highlight for all riders was the Saturday NCHJA Equitation Finals,” said Equestrian Program Director Peggy McElveen. “Two St. Andrews riders qualified from show throughout the year for this prestigious class – Katie Hansen and Alexandra Fullerton.”
After competing on the first phase of a technical course of 11 jumps, the competitors moved to the equitation on the flat class where the judges worked the riders intensely. The top four riders in each phase were called back for additional testing on both the flat and fences.
“When the results were announced, Katie Hansen was the Champion Rider and Alexandra Fullerton was Reserve Champion,” said McElveen. “It was a great weekend of showing for our team under the coaching of Ashley Duda and Heather Wile.”
About St. Andrews University
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