St. Andrews takes Hunter Seat, Western regular season titles
The St. Andrews University Hunter Seat and Western Teams each earned regular season regional titles in their respective Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) regions during weekend competitions.
The Hunter Seat Team closed out the regular season at home Sunday with a perfect score of 49 points to earn the Regional Team Championship for the second year in a row.
St. Andrews finished first with 298 points in the regular season, with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill second with 239 points. The team will compete in Maryland in the Zone Finals Easter Weekend. The champion team from each region will compete head to head with the top two teams advancing to the Nationals in Raleigh.
Individual riders who have qualified for the Regional Finals to be held March 24 at St. Andrews are Caitlin Karolak, Chandalyn Chrzanowski, Hillary Todd, Alie McGraw, Katie Mentzel, Kayla McBath, Kim Graves and Katie Hansen.
Hansen also won the USEF Cacchione High Point Rider award for the region and will represent St. Andrews and Zone 4 Region 3 at the Nationals.
For the sixth consecutive year, the St. Andrews Western team won the regular season regional title with a win Saturday in Raleigh.
St. Andrews accumulated 273 points during the regular season; a full 19 points more than reserve champion North Carolina State University. The team will compete at the National Semi-Finals in Delaware March 23 – 25.
First place finishes were turned in by Tyler Gritzuk in Intermediate, Vicki Weise in Walk/Jog, and Brittany Powell in Novice.
“I’m excited,” Gritzuk said, having competed in Intermediate for the first time. “I didn’t think I was going to get first. I thought maybe a second, but I’m excited to get first. I had a good horse and she did really well for me.”
Second place finishes were added by Miranda Wright, Lindsey Agaliotis and Katie Mosca. Shannon Leggett added a third place finish in Open Horsemanship.
At the regional finals on Sunday, four individual riders qualified for the National Semi-Finals. Leggett qualified in Reining, Michelle Hustad in Open Horsemanship, Kimmie Simonsen in Novice Horsemanship and Amber Powell in Beginner Horsemanship.
Leggett also earned the Regional High Point Rider Award in a ride-off on Sunday. As the AQHA High Point Rider, she will represent St. Andrews and region 4.5 at the IHSA National Horse Show in May.
St. Andrews has a chance to sweep the regular season titles when the Dressage Team returns to action March 18. Averett now leads the region by one point, meaning the final show will determine which team qualifies for the trip to Centenary College for Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Nationals at the end of April.
About St. Andrews University
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