Two Qualify for IDA National Championships

By Jackie Dwelle

St. Andrews Dressage Team at Averett University
St. Andrews Dressage Team, Regional Reserve Champions at Averett University

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.

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IDA Team & Riders Excel at Averett

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.

High Point & Reserve High 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.”

 

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IDA Dressage Show at Equestrian Center

The St. Andrews Dressage Team hosted an Intercollegiate Dressage Association Horse Show on Ground Hog day. Cold weather earlier in the week gave way to blue skies and comfortable temperatures around 60°.

Gaby Stephens High Point RiderSenior 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.

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