I began my collegiate career at St. Andrews in 2015. Right off the bat I knew I wanted to try out for the IHSA and Horse Show Hunter Seat team. I put my name down for try outs and waited in anticipation for the day I could make a long-time dream come true.
Senior Isabelle Duckett and Sophomore Caroline Johnson shut out riders from other schools on Sunday by winning High Point and Reserve High Point Rider respectively with scores of 71.154% and 67.931%. The St. Andrews dressage team finished the day with 16 points to win the blue ribbon, beating the host school by one point.
“We had a great day,” said Coach Jackie Dwelle, “the weather was wet and cold, but the riders rode with grit and determination and demonstrated a high level of feel for their horses. I was very pleased with all of my riders.”
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
The St. Andrews Intercollegiate Dressage Association Team (IDA) team are the Region I Champions going to NATIONALS at Lake Erie College, April 26-29! The Knights beat last year’s National Champions, Averett University by 1 point earning the trip to Ohio.
Several team members end the season as Regional Champion and Reserve Champion, qualifying for Nationals as individuals! #saueq #nationalsbound #ida
Riding to four wins at First Level earned Alex Varisco a perfect score and a trip to the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National Championships. No other rider in the region can catch Alex with one show left at Averett University next Sunday, Feb. 11. Alex will represent the region at IDA Nationals at Lake Erie College, April 26 – 29. Gaby Stephens is a strong contender for the Reserve Champion title. Continue reading “Alex Varisco Qualifies for Intercollegiate Dressage Association Nationals”
This weekend did not turn out as I had expected. My blog post A Chocolate Chip Cookie Weekend took a look at why we do what we do in colleges with equine studies programs and intercollegiate dressage teams. During that discussion I thought I had outlined most of the outcomes, and the benefits and rewards of collegiate equestrian programs. I even went as far as to suggest that some of the learning may not be easy and could be a little awkward. Not even close! I failed to consider the possibility of no clinic!