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St. Andrews Western finishes fifth at Semi-Finals

The St. Andrews Presbyterian College Western Team finished fifth at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Western Semi-Finals held at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., over the weekend.

Black Hawk College, Murray State and the University of Nebraska took the first three positions and will move onto the national championships. Alfred University finished fourth.

Riding in the team competition, Blake Liljestrand finished first in Team Beginning Western Horsemanship. Kelsey Moody placed fourth in Open Reining Horsemanship. Seventh places finishes were added by Leah Davison in Team Intermediate Western Horsemanship, Audrey Bolte in Team Advanced Western Horsemanship and Moody in Team Open Western Horsemanship.

“We are very proud of the way our team came together throughout the season,” said Coach Carla Wennberg. “They all worked very hard and represented the college well.”

In addition to the team competition, several St. Andrews riders competed for the opportunity to ride as individuals at the nationals May 5-11 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

Brittany Powell finished third in Intermediate Horsemanship to earn her spot at the nationals. Joining her will be Davison and Moody who finished fourth in Beginner Walk/Jog and Reining respectively.

Moody also had a fifth place finish in Open Horsemanship. Shannon Leggett finished sixth in Advanced Horsemanship while Alex Meyers was in the top 10 for Novice Horsemanship.

“We are very proud of all of our riders,” Wennberg said. “Our three national qualifiers will continue preparing for the high level of competition they will experience in Kentucky.

Click here for the St. Andrews complete competition results.

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