Three students, six horses and Coach Ashley Duda traveled to Raleigh Nov. 6-10 to compete at the Duke Classic Horse Show. The horses ranged from the experienced Antonio owned by the Shaffer sisters to the green Hey Cisco owned and and ridden by Ashley Duda. Continue reading “Duke Classic”
St. Andrews hosted the first Intercollegiate Dressage Show of the year at the Equestrian Center Nov. 18th. Blue skies and gentle temperatures crowned a well organized horse show, with good riding and friendly competition.
The show was well supported by parents who traveled from as far away as Alabama and New Hampshire to support the team.
1st Averett University 21
2nd St. Andrews University 14
3rd Mixed Team Santa Claus 14
4th Wake Forest University 9
5th NCSU 8
6th Longwood University 6
St. Andrews Dressage Team started their season at Averett University’s double header this weekend. Hurricane Florence prevented the dressage team from attending the first show of the season hosted by Wake Forest in Sept. IDA rules state that the top four shows count towards qualifying for end of year award. Team points reflect 2 shows for St. Andrews and 3 for the other competing schools. There were 6 shows planned for the 18-19 competitive year, with a possibility of adding a 7th show in the spring. Either way, the dressage team will have the opportunity to catch up with its competitors.
Overall Team Standings
St. Andrews 20
Wake Forest 29
St. Andrews Equestrian Program turns 50 in 2019! The first horse came to campus in 1969 and there has been an equine presence either on campus or on property owned or leased by the university since that date.
The Equestrian Program is looking for a creative, innovative and professional logo to use throughout the anniversary year.
The contest begins on November, 10 2018. Submissions will be accepted through December 10, 2018.
Prize – Contest winner will receive a solid wood grooming tote (and bragging rights!).
For contest rules and information Click Here.The Equestrian Program is looking for a creative, innovative and professional logo to use throughout the anniversary year.
The St. Andrews IHSA Western Team rallied this weekend to take the regional lead with 93 points, 10 points ahead of second place Virginia Tech. “Appreciate ALL the teams helping the Western Team stay ahead in points and to be successful this fall season!” said Coach Carla Wennberg in an email to Equestrian Team members. Wennberg finished by saying, “It takes a village to host and perform with success! It takes great leadership.”
The shows this weekend were originally scheduled for September. In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence several intercollegiate horse shows were rescheduled for later in the fall or moved to the spring.
IHSA Western and Hunter Seat Equestrian Teams both competed last weekend. Both teams elected to show their less experienced riders. Coach Duda reflected, “We will keep working to get better, especially on the flat. Took a greener team this week and it showed.” Coach Wennberg agreed saying, “Great team in the making, we will work harder and not weaken.”
Individual riders triumphed including Sydney Eller and Taylor Fowler who qualified for Regionals in Intermediate Flat and Novice Fences respectively. Gina Ulveie earned the Reserve High Point Rider title for the Western team. Sydney reflected on the weekend saying, “Our team, along with their amazing parents, were all very supportive. We all plan to rally and work very hard to come back stronger on November 11th!”
Hurricane Florence delayed the start of the intercollegiate competitive season, leading to a late start for both IHSA teams and causing the IDA team to miss riding at the first show of their season hosted by Wake Forest University.
The late start may have motivated the Knights to work harder and smarter in the limited time left to prepare for the first hunter seat show. 6:00 a.m. workouts combined with daily mounted practices led to a tie for the championship ribbon with Duke University at UNC – Chapel Hill on Oct. 21st.
Coach Ashley Duda said, “St Andrews usually has the luxury of opening their season at home. This year, we started our season away and the riders did an excellent job handling the change and unfamiliar horses. We had strong rides throughout the day, bringing home 8 individual class wins. We are trying to stay consistent and clean up a few mistakes from last weekend as we head to compete at NC State tomorrow.”