SAU Equestrian Teams move to next round
Laurinburg, N.C. – The St. Andrews University Hunter Seat and Western Teams continued their success in the postseason, each earning a place in the next level of competition in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) system.
By finishing first in the regular season points, the Hunter Seat Team had already secured a place at the Zone finals in Maryland April 7, but several member of the teams competed at the St. Andrews Equestrian Center Saturday for individual honors at the Regional Finals.
The top two finishers in each division move on to the Zone Finals. St. Andrews riders earning individual trips to the Zone Finals were Katie Hansen, Kim Graves, Kayla McBath and Alie McGraw.
For the Regional Cacchione Cup, Hansen was Champion with Graves as Reserve Champion. This means they had the first and second highest points totals for individuals in the region for the season. Hansen will ride at Nationals for the Cacchione Cup.
Coach Ashley Duda was named the IHSA Zone 4 Region 3 Coach of the Year and St. Andrews horse Pepi la Pew, better known as Skunk, was voted Horse of the Year.
The Western Team traveled to Harrison, Delaware to compete at the IHSA National Semi-Finals. The team was one of three in the region to move on to the Nationals to be held in Raleigh in May.
Brittany Powell was Champion in Team Novice and Dugan McDermott was Reserve Champion in Team Walk, Jog. Additional points toward the team qualification were provided by Shannon Leggett, Michelle Hustad, Kali Cram and Kate Mosca.
Leggett was Champion in Individual Reining and Amber Powell qualified as an individual for nationals in Walk, Jog.
“Congratulations to all these students and their coaches,” said St. Andrews Equestrian Program Director Peggy McElveen. “They represent St. Andrews University with great passion and excellence.”
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.