Big dreams…that has always been a theme at St. Andrews
Equestrian. Dream big and see how far you can run with it.
The first barn on campus was located near the traffic circle
and was very small with 3 stalls and no turn out. Today there is no evidence
left of that barn. First hand recollections from that time recall problems with
traffic and horses and one incident where a horse collided with a car causing
injuries to its leg. The students rallied around and nursed the horse back to
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.”
Here is a look at the spring schedule. Looks like it is going to be a busy spring at the Equestrian Center. Teams will also be traveling to other colleges and rated horse shows for friendly competition with peers and other horse lovers. All dates are tentative.
10 Classes begin
12 Lessons begin
27-28 Region I – IDA Dressage Clinic
27-28 IHSA Western Show at Martin CC
29 RLAK Lessons begin
3 IHSA Hunter Seat Show at UNC-W
3-4 IDA Show at St. Andrews
10 IHSA Hunter Seat Show at St. Andrews
11 IDA Show at NCSU/Wake Forest
17 IHSA Western Show at St. Andrews
18 IHSA Western Show at St. Andrews
24 IHSA Hunter Seat Regional Finals at St. Andrews
25 IHSA Western Regional Finals at St. Andrews
28-3/4 March Madness “A” – Aiken, SC
3-11 Spring Break
16-18 IEA Zone Finals at St. Andrews
16-18 IHSA Western Semi-Finals at West Virginia
24-25 Sedgefield “C” Show – Greensboro, NC
24 Spring Open House
29-4/1 Tryon II “A” – Tryon, NC
30-4/2 Easter Break
7 IHSA Hunter Seat Zone Finals at Virginia Tech
8 Antares Dressage Show
11-15 ANRC National Intercollegiate Championship – Frying Pan Park, VA
20 Last day of RLAK classes
21 RLAK Show
20-22 Alumni Weekend
26-29 IDA Nationals – Lake Erie College
26 Last day of classes
28 Exams begin
2-6 IHSA Nationals in Harrisburg, PA
St. Andrews University Equestrian Program is dedicated to the development of future leaders in the equine industry. The program is home to the 2016 and 2017 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Champions in Western Horsemanship. The Hunter Seat team is regularly represented at IHSA Nationals and the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) team has sent riders to the National Championships nearly every year since 2002. Students also ride at USHJA and USEF rated shows as well as attending schooling shows.
A small liberal arts and sciences university, St. Andrews majors include Business, Biology and Therapeutic Horsemanship.
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