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.
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.
Congratulations to Hannah Newman, Liz Shaffer and Taylor Fowler for a great few days competing in Aiken! The St. Andrews Horse Show Team spent the weekend in Aiken, SC at the Carolina Classic Hunter/Jumper Show. The long days were filled with wonderful team work and great riding.
The St. Andrews IHSA Western Team held on to their regional lead Saturday to win the Region and advance to Semi-Finals at Utah State, March 16-17. On Sunday Sarah Beth Felker and Annie Owen both qualified for Semi-Finals in the Open Horsemanship division. As High Point Rider for the year Gina Ulveie advances to IHSA Nationals in May to represent the region.
Overall Year End Team Placings
St. Andrews University 219
Liberty University 162
Virginia Tech 194
North Carolina State 175
Martin Community College 142
Appalachian State 42
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.
Three students, six horses and Coach Ashley Duda traveled to Raleigh Nov. 6-10 to compete at the Duke Classic Horse Show. The horses ranged from the experienced Antonio owned by the Shaffer sisters to the green Hey Cisco owned and and ridden by Ashley Duda. Continue reading “Duke Classic”
St. Andrews hosted the first Intercollegiate Dressage Show of the year at the Equestrian Center Nov. 18th. Blue skies and gentle temperatures crowned a well organized horse show, with good riding and friendly competition.
The show was well supported by parents who traveled from as far away as Alabama and New Hampshire to support the team.
1st Averett University 21
2nd St. Andrews University 14
3rd Mixed Team Santa Claus 14
4th Wake Forest University 9
5th NCSU 8
6th Longwood University 6