To finish off an already exciting weekend, our IHSA Hunter Seat Team competed on Sunday, November 17 at Cottonwood Farm hosted by East Carolina University. Despite the brisk wind and chilly temperature, the team pulled together to bring home the Reserve Champion team ribbon behind UNC – Chapel Hill. Isabel McLaurin was the Reserve High Point Rider!
Congratulations to all our riders and to coaches Ashley and Emilee.
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!
The St. Andrews western IHSA team traveled to Liberty University November 16-17 to compete in their first away show. The team was the champion team both days. Congratulations to Gina Ulveie who was also high point rider for both shows!
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!”
Our IHSA Hunter Seat team once again brought home the championship ribbon at the UNC-Chapel Hill hosted horse show on 10/13. We congratulate the competing riders on another job well done. The hard work and practice times are paying off for them. Despite the dreary, wet weather attitudes stayed positive and spirits were high.
We congratulate the St. Andrews Hunter Seat IHSA Team on winning the first show of the season on Saturday, Oct. 5. The show was held at the Equestrian Center and both students, staff and coaches worked together seamlessly to make it a success.
Conner Smith is a 2018 graduate of St. Andrews University with a degree in Business Administration: Specialized Program of Study in Equine Business Management believes a passion for IHSA led to a career in the Quarter Horse industry. During his time at St. Andrews Conner was a part of the IHSA Varsity Western Team as well as the riding council president for the 2017-2018 school year. Conner became a student at St. Andrews in 2014 and joined the western team as an Intermediate level rider. During his first year Conner showed at many of the regular season shows but did not qualify as a regional rider.
During his Sophomore year Conner pointed out of intermediate during the first regular season horse show, which qualified him for Regionals. He then began to show advanced and continued to Semi-finals and Nationals as the intermediate individual and advanced team rider. Conner placed third at Nationals in the team advanced.
On February 23rd The St. Andrews IHSA Hunter Seat Equestrian Team demonstrated the grit and determination needed to come from behind to win the regional title. Consequently, the team advances to the IHSA Hunter Seat Zone Championships hosted by the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA on April 6th.
As a Senior who has been part of St. Andrews Varsity Hunter Seat team for all four years of my college career, I have noticed many positive factors of being part of this program. When I first joined the team as a freshman, I was rather nervous. Coming in as a young rider and joining a team of mainly juniors and seniors who were competing extremely well was rather nerve racking. That being said, horse show nerves were a big deal for me. I came into the team with a lot of horse showing experience, but being part of a team where points count not only towards you individually, but also your team was a big deal and a lot of pressure. Competition can be a very stressful, nerve racking, and a scary event for many riders, but being part of the St. Andrews Hunter Seat team has shown me that competing does not have to be stressful, it can be fun and positive experience.