As one of 19 official judges for the 2019 All American Quarter Horse Congress recently held in Columbus, Ohio, St. Andrews Carla Wennberg was among the elite and nationally recognized equestrian judges to be part of the largest single breed-horse show in the world.
With over 25,000 horse show entries in various
events with 9,000 horses competing and an estimated 650,000 attending the
October 5-26 competition, Wennberg was involved with some 13 days of judging
without a day off — and says she and loved every minute.
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!
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
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!”
Conner Smith Open Horsemanship
Conner Smith Advanced Horsemanship
Dillon Vaughn Intermediate Horsemanship
St. Andrews Hunter Seat Zone Qualifiers
Walk Trot Canter
Hannah Newman Novice Flat
Scout Maddox Intermediate Flat
Mackenzie Parks Open Fences
Sabrina Vlacich Cacchione Cup
Photos by Pebbles Turbeville
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.
St. Andrews University IHSA Western Team completed their regular season by winning the region, completing a trifecta with all three St. Andrews intercollegiate teams being Regional Champions in 2017 – 2018.
Regional Team Standings after 1/28/18
St. Andrews University 169
North Carolina State 145
Liberty University 127
Virginia Tech 111
Martin Community College 86
Appalachian State 62
Campbell University 27
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) provides riders of all skill levels the opportunity to show collegiately regardless of their individual previous experiences or financial situation. All competitors of the IHSA are given many opportunities to show both individually in addition for their team too. This year marks the 51st anniversary since Executive Director and Founder, Bob Cacchione began the IHSA. Mr. Cacchione’s goal for the IHSA is that exhibitors and coaches strongly emphasize the growth and development of learning, outstanding sportsmanship, and fun. St. Andrews University Equestrian Team offers both a Hunter-Seat and Western IHSA team. (www.ihsainc.com)