SAU Dressage Team wins region, heading to Nationals
Laurinburg, N.C. – The St. Andrews University Dressage team won at home Sunday to earn a trip to the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National Championships April 27 – 29.
St. Andrews Team A earned 17 points, placing ahead of Averett Team B’s 12 points. Averett Team A, NC State Team B and St. Andrews Team B rounded out the top 5.
“Dressage is challenging because it takes a strong foundation in equitation and also requires a highly tuned sense of how to be the best dance partner for the horse,” said Coach Jackie Dwelle. “In IDA, we make it even harder by drawing the horse we ride and only having 10 minutes to figure out how they like to be ridden. To be good at dressage you have to understand horses very well.
“This team has worked for the last four years and I honestly think that the foundation they built combined with the competitive opportunities they have experienced were the reason for their success,” she added.
Lindsey Agaliotis earned a win in First Division to earn her a regional win and an individual competitive place at the Nationals.
Second place finishes were added by Brianna Carter in Training Level Test 3, Paige Tillison in Training Level Test 1 and Jenna Marten in Introductory Test B.
Casey Curtis finished third in Training Level Test 3. Erin Hudson added a fourth place finish in First Level Test 2.
Sixth place finishes were contributed by Andrea Tito in First Level Test 2, Katelee Johnson in Training Level Test 1 and Claire Pollard in Introductory Test B.
The team will travel to Centenary College for the National Competition April 27-29.
The St. Andrews Equestrian Center will host the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Hunter Seat Regional Finals on March 24, where the St. Andrews team will compete as regular season regional champions.
The Western team, also regular season regional champions, will travel to Delaware March 23 – 25 for the IHSA Western Semi-Finals.
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.