Dressage Sportsmanship Challenge hosted by St. Andrews
Laurinburg, N.C. – St. Andrews University hosted the Titanic Sportsmanship Challenge on Sunday with competitors from Elon and Virginia Tech joining the host school.
“The show was an invitational and run along the lines of a conventional IDA (Intercollegiate Dressage Association) show with a few differences,” said Jackie Dwelle, show coordinator. “Riders rode on the usual teams of four, but the teams were scrambled so that a team consisted of riders from different schools.”
The six scrambled teams named themselves for the competition with inspiration from the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. Tight as Ice took first ahead of The Leonardos, There’s Room for Two, Artic Crash, I’d Hit That! and The Iceberg.
In addition to gaining competitive experience in preparation for the upcoming IDA National Championships, the riders had the opportunity to speak with head judge Kris Hamiltom after their ride.
“Kris went over the tests box by box and for some riders educated them on how the collective marks are awarded so they could understand what they needed to improve upon from a positive perspective,” Dwelle said. “We were also incredibly fortunate as Carla Wennberg agreed to be the second judge so riders received two judged tests.”
The St. Andrews riders found significant individual success on the day, with Lindsay Agaliotis earning Reserve High Point Rider with a first place finish in First Level Test 2. Jenna Marten and Paige Tillison added first place finishes in Training Level Test 3 and Training Level Test 1 respectively. Marten added a second place finish in Introductory Level Test B. Lauren Parker finished second in Training Level Test 3. Erin Hudson in First Level Test 2 added a third place finish.
Fifth place finishes were added by Andrea Tito in First Level Test 2, Sarah Jones in Training Level Test 3 Bridget Newman in Training Level Test 1, and Masha Peckham in Introductory Level Test B. Abigail Skillman was sixth in Training Level Test 3 as was Claire Pollard in Training Level Test 1.
“From a coaching perspective it was an invaluable experience for all my riders from the ones whose interest in dressage is just beginning to the riders going to Nationals who are looking for every bit of feedback they can find,” Dwelle said.
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.