St. Andrews Equestrian Turns 50!

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.

 

Equestrian Program Hosts Catch Up Shows – Western Team Remains Strong

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.

Photos by Pebbles Turbeville

Overall Team Placings
St. Andrews University 93
Virginia Tech 83
North Carolina State 75
Liberty University 72
Martin Community College 64
Appalachian State 25
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IHSA Teams Will Not Weaken!

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!”

IHSA Hunter Seat Team

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UNC – Chapel Hill IHSA Show October 21, 2018

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.”
Blue Ribbons

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Spring 2018 Calendar

Equestrian College Moonrise
Equestrian College Moonrise – By Rooney Coffman

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.

JANUARY
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

FEBRUARY
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

MARCH
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

APRIL
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

MAY
2-6 IHSA Nationals in Harrisburg, PA
6 Commencement


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.

Click here to request more information about St. Andrews University and the Equestrian program.

Students Attend Para-Dressage Clinic

Therapeutic Horsemanship Field Trip to Healing Strides of VA
Therapeutic Horsemanship Field Trip to Healing Strides of VA

On the eve of finals week, a few of the Therapeutic Horsemanship instructors went to Healing Strides of VA. Traveling with Pebbles and Juliette was Gaby Stephens, Beth-Ann Tate, Kayla Thomas, Stacy Ferraro, and Pam Denton. Healing Strides was hosting a para-dressage/dressage clinic with Olympic rider and USEF para-dressage director, Michel Assouline. The day started out with a two hour classroom discussion on para-equestrian and the levels, or grades as they are called. Then moving out into the chilly VA air, able-bodied and disabled riders began to ride with Michel.

What was quite interesting for the riders with disabilities was that Michel wasn’t actually teaching. The riders worked with their trainers and Michel put his insights in where he felt they were needed. The riders came from all backgrounds: TBI, wounded warrior, muscular abnormalities, and even blindness. So it was an educational experience to see how the adaptations changed from rider to rider.

Overall it was a nice way for us to end the semester, and a good way to take a study break before finals! Now time to take some knowledge that we have learned into our own lessons.

Written by Gaby Stephens. Photo by Pebbles Turbeville


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.

Click here to request more information about St. Andrews University and the Equestrian program.

IHSA Hunter Seat Team Wins at ECU!

St. Andrews Equestrian Team Wins at Cottonwood
St. Andrews Equestrian Team Wins at Cottonwood
St. Andrews Equestrian wins at ECU!
St. Andrews Equestrian wins at ECU!

Overall Team Points

St. Andrews University                206

NC State University                    162

East Carolina University              159

UNC-Chapel Hill                         158

Duke University                          158

UNC-Wilmington                        155

Elon University                             93

Campbell University                     54

UNC-Charlotte                             31

 

November 19 Team Points

St. Andrews University                41

Duke University                          38

East Carolina University              35

UNC-Wilmington                        34

NC State University                    31

UNC-Chapel Hill                         29

Elon University                           10

Campbell University                    6

 

St. Andrews Riders

Walk Trot                 

Samantha Gallo        1st

Alissa Picard             4th

Beginning Walk Trot Canter

Maggie Martin          1st

Advanced Walk Trot Canter                    

Carly Parent             1st

Brittany Lefebvre      1st

Savannah Yates        4th

Novice Flat              

Scout Maddox           1st

Hannah Newman      2nd

Zoe Cluck                3rd

Abby Wyman           3rd

Novice Fences        

Taylor Fowler           2nd

Intermediate Flat  

Mackenzie Parks       2nd

Intermediate Fences        

Mackenzie Parks       1st

Open Flat

Sabrina Vlacich         1st

Open Fences

Liz Shaffer               2nd

Sabrina Vlacich         2nd

 


 

St. Andrews 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.

Click here to request more information about St. Andrews University and the Equestrian program.

St. Andrews IDA Home Show

A beautiful fall day with a hard working team, cheerful members of the equestrian program helping out and a bunch of parents and family members made yesterday’s IDA show run perfectly. The competitive highlights of the show included Alex Varisco and Gaby Stephens placing first and second in First Level Test 2. Alex now leads the region with 22 points and Gaby right behind her with 21 points.

Beth Ann Tate had a technically correct ride on our lovely horse JB to win Training Level Test 2 and the title of High Point Rider with a score of 71.346%.

At the Intro level Isa Duckett and Kayla Thomas both drew Hula who is a retired jumper and whose day job is with the Ride-Like-A-Knight program and ended up second and third respectively.

Photos by Pebbles Turbeville

Other St. Andrews team members had challenging rides with a couple of horses that brought a little sassiness to the day. They dealt with these frustrating challenges with good horsemanship, good humor and humility – great examples of good sportsmanship.

In Dressage Seat Equitation all the riders were rewarded with a few moments with judge Sue Smithson giving them feedback on their position. Kat Schneider was thrilled with her second place ride on Smoke. All the horses in her division were tall and Kat who is quite short was excited to pull the ride on the smallest horse in the division.


St. Andrews 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.

Click here to request more information about St. Andrews University and the Equestrian program.