While the western team was away at Liberty, our IDA dressage team battled the rainy skies and some last-minute changes to host a show at the equestrian facility on November 16. Congratulations to the team on being Reserve Champion for the show!
Our Dressage Team traveled to Averett University on Saturday, Nov. 9 to compete in their second IDA show of the season.
Coach Lindsey Trockenbrot said, “We had a wonderful show at Averett. The team showed excellent sportsmanship and teamwork, and definitely made improvements to their rides from the first show. Lots of personal goals were met as well. We have new ones set in place for the rest of our season!”
Senior Isabelle Duckett and Freshman Elizabeth Donaldson will be representing St. Andrews at the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National Championships at Lake Erie College in Ohio April 26 – 28, 2019. Duckett won the region at the Lower Training Level with 21 points. Team mate and fellow Senior Hannah Sutton was Reserve Champion with 19 points.
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.”
Senior Gaby Stephens drew the first ride of the day and rode St. Andrews’ Frampton to earn high point ride of the day with a score of 72%. St. Andrews Alumni Director Alex Varisco was on hand to watch her friend Gaby, and her former project horse Frampton setting the tone for the day. “Watching Gaby and Frampton ride down the final center line of their test was truly a rewarding moment for us all. In a sport that takes copious amounts of dedication and patience, even the smallest moments of success remind us hard work does pay off. It was extremely special to witness Gaby ride every step of her test to victory on a horse that has come so far since his first day in the program!”
Scores in the 70% range were also earned by Hannah Sutton and Isabelle Duckett who were 1st and 2nd in Training Level Test 1.