Teddy – Excellent Equine

The Excellent Equine series is bought to you by The History & Theory of Modern Riding class Fall 2015. “Teddy – Excellent Equines” was researched and written by Nina Jurac class of 2016.



Once upon a time in 1997 there was an adorable little foal named Teddy. Teddy was a bay Warmblood with a star and three white socks. Teddy loved to run around and play in the fields with all the other horses. One day, Teddy was bought and broke. Teddy learned how to do everything from walk, trot, canter along with jumping, all the way up to Adult Amateur. Teddy is a down to earth cuddly horse that anyone can hop on and have a great time on-he is sweet, reliable and consistent.

Although Teddy was good with most things, he never really did like the pressure of a show ring. Teddy would refuse to walk into the ring and would have to be led in with his favorite treats, peppermints. Once Teddy was through with showing and ready to ease his way into retirement, Daniel Geitner was kind enough to donate him to St. Andrews in 2007. During the fall semester, barn managers and advanced students worked with Teddy, getting him use to the school program, surroundings, and helping him find his new niche. During the school year of 2008 and 2009 Teddy was leased out to Courtney Branscome. Courtney took Teddy all over- showing him in pre-adult and even ANRC. Once Courtney graduated, Kelsi Peterson stepped in and was Teddy’s next lease in 2010. Teddy had and still has a special place in Kelsi’s heart. Kelsi showed Teddy in everything from Amateur Hunters to Equitation. During Kelsi’s senior year she was supposed to show Teddy in ANRC. Due to some lameness issues that he was having, this was not possible. Once Kelsi graduated and Teddy was no longer having lameness issues, he officially entered the lesson program.

When Teddy started getting used for the lesson program he taught many different riders everything that they needed to know in order to advance. Teddy is capable of taking a beginner rider over their first cross-rail or even a more advance rider over a two foot oxer. “Teddy was one of the first horses I rode when I came to St. Andrews, he helped me with my release’s when doing gymnastic exercises. He has definitely saved my butt a few times!-Nina 16’. Teddy is a big asset to the Riding program here at St. Andrews. Teddy has participated in many different horseshows including Showing Under the Stars, mock fox hunts, IHSA and IDA shows.

Now, in the year 2015, Teddy continues to live his happy life at St. Andrews. Moving his way down the line and relaxing a lot more. Teddy now participates in flat classes during horse shows, with peppermints leading him into the ring of course along with participating in mostly beginner lessons and small jumping courses. With his pals Bill and Scot by his side, he will continue to reside at St. Andrews Riding Center. Continuing to live a long, happy, and cuddle filled life.


Harley & Tony – Excellent Equines

The Excellent Equine series is bought to you by The History & Theory of Modern Riding class Fall 2015. “Harley & Tony – Excellent Equines” was researched and written by Vanessa Bradley in her final semester at St. Andrews.

Harley and Tony are both currently assisting the St. Andrews University Equestrian Program to help teach students further their riding career and to ride in an educated manner. They are both in the Western riding program and are used in the horse shows.

Harley was foaled on March 18, 1999; making him 16 years old today. His sire is “Trouble in Town” and his dame is “Crimson’s Chigger”. North Carolina State University was the one that bred him. The owner at the time he was foaled was Susan H. Acord. Harley is a quarter horse gelding that is chestnut colored with a left fore sock and left hind sock. He is in the American Quarter Horse Association registered under the name: “I’m Talking Trouble”. He was 10 years old when he came to St. Andrews University (then it was still St. Andrews Presbyterian College). He came from Melissa S. Woodell out of Sanford, NC. The previous owner never showed him. He was simply used for a fun, riding horse. Currently, he serves in the lesson program and is turned out with Holly at night in paddock 5.

Tony was foaled on April 1, 1994; making him 21 years old today. His sire is “Calyx” and his dame is “Miss Mighty Cajon”. Buford Dugger breed him and Nancy Sue Ryan was his owner at the time he was foaled in Texas. Tony is a bay quarter horse gelding with a bit of white on his forehead, white left fore pastern, partial white on the right fore coronet, white hind pasterns, and dark spots on all coronets. He is also in the American Quarter Horse Association registered under the name: “Would I Lie”. Tony has a traveled to a few different homes throughout the United States. On December 15, 1995 he was purchased by Jessica Dunn to live in Greenville, North Carolina. Then, on June 23, 1999 he was purchased by Kristi L. Smith to live in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Next, on February 27, 2002 he was purchased by Diana K. Davidson to live in Franktown, Colorado. After that, on March 9, 2005 he was purchased by Marcia H. Moller to live in Scottsville, Texas. Throughout the years he was an All Around Amateur shown gelding for AQHA. He mainly showed in Hunter Under Saddle and Equitation on the Flat but also did Showmanship at Halter. Finally, Chelle MeGauley, who is a trainer friend of Carla Wennburg, found Tony and was able to get him to assist Carla in the program at St. Andrews University (then it was still St. Andrews Presbyterian College). Currently, he still serves in the lesson program and gets turned out at night in Church Right pasture with this buddies: Pops, Benji, and Ziggy.

I have had the pleasure of riding both Harley and Tony. Both are sweet boys. Harley gives a smooth ride. He is known as the “Cadillac” of the western horses. Harley has always been one of my favorites to ride and I have rode him the most out of all the western horses. He made me have to focus on my position as well as tested my ability to keep him at a good pace. Tony is a bit more bouncy but is an overall good ride. He made me focus on my position and use of aids to correctly communicate my directions. Both horses have made a huge difference in my horsemanship with the instruction and guidance of Carla Wennburg and Lindsay Agaliotis. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to ride these wonderful horses.




What’s Happening in January?

January, the start of the New Year, a time for resolutions and new beginnings. For the equestrian program January is the start of a busy semester that leads to the various National Championships and the pinnacle of academic achievement recognized at graduation in May.

Classes begin January 13th with riding lessons beginning January 19th. January 18th we celebrate the Martin Luther King Day of Service with volunteer work within the Scotland County community both on and off campus. Ride-Like-A-Knight lessons begin Jan 25th. Horse show wise nothing at home until February but lots of travel starting with the invitational Tournament of Champions at the University of Mary Washington. The show team has Triangle Farms Winter Indoors “C” show Jan 22 – 23 and the Raleigh Winter I “A” show Jan 28-31. The western team travels to Campbell University, Jan 30 – 31, for two IHSA shows.

Staff and students will be busy legging up horses prior to lessons (this has been an on-going project over break) and teams will be getting back into “show mode” with team practices.

Happy New Year!

13                           Classes Begin

19                           Lessons Begin

14-18                     College Prep Invitational in West Palm Beach, FL

18                           Martin Luther King Day of Service

22-24                     Tournament of Champions at University of Mary Washington

22-24                     Triangle Farms Winter Indoors ”C”

25                           RLAK lessons begin

28-31                     Raleigh Winter I “A”

30-31                     IHSA Western Show at Campbell University


Hula – Excellent Equine

The Excellent Equine series is bought to you by The History & Theory of Modern Riding class Fall 2015. “Hula – Excellent Equine” was researched and written by Shannon Hahn.

In March 2013, Hula came to St. Andrews to join our Therapeutic Riding program. He is a Belgium Warmblood who was born on November 3, 1991 in Germany. He is part of the line of African Drum, who is a well-known show jumping stallion. Hula is by Prins-Drum Van Bellet and out of Diablesse Du Ruisseau. He was registered with the name Houla-Hop Du Ruisseau.

Hula had a successful career showing all across Europe. He showed as a young jumper and progressed through the ranks while in Europe. 1999 found Hula showing in Greece where he was purchased by Wilhelm Genn. After Mr. Genn bought Hula, he imported him to the United States for Randy Hannold and Holli Adams.

After arriving in the United States, he was registered with the name “Hula-Hoop,” which is a shortened version of his European name. Mr. Hannold then purchased Hula from Mr. Genn with the intention of showing in the Grand Prix division. Hula did compete at the Grand Prix level for a while before Randy Hannold and Holli Adams made the decision to occasionally show Hula in the Regular Working Hunter Division. This division is now the High Performance Hunters. This is a lot of Hula’s history before he entered the lives of the Porath Family back in 2003.

In March of 2003, Elizabeth Porath was at a show in Atlanta, Georgia. She currently had an injured pony and did not have anyone to show. Looking back she cannot remember who actually proposed the idea, but during second weekend of the show in Atlanta, she showed Hula in the pre-children’s hunters division. She remembers the jumps being so small that he halted in front of one of the jumps, and being so tiny herself, she just slid down his neck! She went on to show Hula in Aiken the following month, and in her words “after that it was game over.” She recalls that Randy and Holli insisted that he was “not for sale” since Hula was a favorite of Holli’s in the barn. Luckily for Liz the ended up allowing her family to buy him.

2003-2008 consisted of a lot of traveling, competing, and winning for this duo. Hula took her all the way from the younger Children’s Hunters to the Large Junior Hunters. He also took her all the way to Devon, Capital Challenge, Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the Washington International Horse Show. The duo amassed many ribbons in equitation classes, the $100,000 hunter classic at the Queen City Classic, ribbons in all of the finals, as well as many tricolors and grand championships at shows. Some of these shows include the Aiken Spring Classic and the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show.

Hula’s prolific showing career ended suddenly after a freak trailer accident on his way to Devon. From here, Hula entered our Therapeutic Riding program in March of 2013. Hula has been a huge addition to our TH program. According to one of our TH instructors, he is one of the few horses that we have in the program that is lift trained. This means that he will stand quietly beside the mechanical lift used to place riders on the horse’s back who are unable to use the ramp or a mounting block. Overall he is a great TH horse who always takes care of his riders. Due to his background, he has more movement than some of the other horses in the program, which is good for those riders that are “seeking movement” and can feel the horse’s movement. Hula is such a versatile horse that he is able to aid the program in many other ways. It was said that he “is a TH pony by day, and an IDA and IHSA horse on the weekends.” Hula has truly been a great addition to our program here at St. Andrews.


All of Hula’s history is courtesy of Liz and Sandra Porath. The information regarding his participation at St. Andrews is courtesy of Rachel Gaardsmoe.

IHSA Hunter Seat Show – Saturday, Dec. 5th

St. Andrews tied with N.C. State for High Point team at the show on Dec. 5 with 37 points.  Duke University was Reserve High Point with 35 points.
Overall Team Standings (after 5 out of 7 shows)
St. Andrews University                        199
NC State University                             165
UNC-Chapel Hill                                  140
UNC-Charlotte                                     144
Duke University                                   144
UNC-Wilmington                                 121
East Carolina University                     111
Campbell University                           58 (DNC)
Individual Results
Walk Trot      
Steven Dennis – 2nd
Beginner Walk Trot Canter
Jordan Belanger – 2nd
Samantha Garriques – 3rd
Advanced Walk Trot Canter
Jarett Vaughn – 1st
Kathleen Wilson – 1st
Charlie Robuck – 4th
Novice Flat
Mackenzie Parks – 1st
Janelle Petruska – 1st
Alex Varisco – 1st
Kirsten Farley – 3rd
Novice over Fences
Kirsten Farley – 2nd
Stacy Ferraro – 4th
Zoe Cluck – 6th
Intermediate Flat
Kat Owens – 4th
Liz Shaffer – 4th
Intermediate over Fences
Scout Maddox – 2nd
Open Flat
Kelsey Kocher – 1st
Amy Wrozek – 4th
Open over Fences
Kelsey Kocher – 2nd
Amy Wrozek – 3rd


ECU IHSA Hunter Seat Show

Hunter Seat Team

St. Andrews was high point team with 42 points. Reserve high point was UNC – Chapel Hill with 38 points.


Overall Team Standings (after 4 out of 7 shows)

St. Andrews University                        162

NC State University                             128

UNC-Charlotte                                  113

UNC-Chapel Hill                                  120

Duke University                                   109

UNC-Wilmington                                 101

East Carolina University                     93

Campbell University                            58


St. Andrews Hunter Seat IHSA Individual Results – Nov. 22

 Walk Trot

Steven Dennis – 1st

 Beginner Walk Trot Canter

Jarret Vaughn – 1st

Jordan Belanger – 2nd

 Advanced Walk Trot Canter

Charlie Robuck – 3rd

Taylor Westover – 3rd

Novice Flat

Mackenzie Parks – 1st

Stacy Ferraro – 1st

Kaihly Gonzalez – 5th

Novice Fences

Amy Carter – 2nd

Stacy Ferraro – 4th

 Intermediate Flat

Liz Shaffer – 2nd


Intermediate Fences

Scout Maddox – 1st

Caitlyn Woychik – 3rd

Open Flat

Kelsey Kocher – 1st

Amy Wrozek – 3rd


Open Fences

Amy Wrozek – 2nd

Kelsey Kocher – 3rd

Western Team Leading the Region

Western Team                                   Martin Community College/NCSU   Nov. 7-8

St. Andrews western team also maintains regional lead after 4 shows.

Regional Team Standings

St. Andrews University                        128

North Carolina State                           124

Virginia Tech                                       98

Liberty                                                 94

Martin CC                                           92

Appalachian State                               74

Campbell                                             54

Western Carolina                                36


St. Andrews Western IHSA Team Results

Saturday – Team Results                                           Sunday – Team Results                    

St. Andrews – Tied for High Point Team                    St. Andrews – Reserve High Point Team

Beginning                                                                   Beginning                  

Jordan Belanger          2nd                                            Jordan Belanger          2nd

Steven Dennis             3rd

Intermediate                                                              Intermediate 

Janelle Petruska          1st                                            Janelle Petruska          1st

Ashley Derrer              3rd                                            Ashley Derrer              1st


Novice                                                                        Novice

Dillon Vaughn             1st                                            Dillon Vaughn             1st


Advanced                                                                   Advanced

Conner Smith              1st                                            Conner Smith              2nd

Phillip Alden                6th                                            Jarret Vaughn             4th


Open                                                                           Open

Mark Mowbray           2nd                                            Mark Mowbray           2nd

Becca Alden                3rd                                            Becca Alden                2nd


Reining                                                                       Reining                      

Mark Mowbray           DNP                                         Mark Mowbray           6th

Dressage Maintains Regional Lead

Averett University Nov. 7 & 8, 2015

St. Andrews maintains regional lead after three Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) shows. Individual riders are also in good standing. The next IDA shows will be hosted by St. Andrews November 21 & 22.

Team Standings After Three Shows
St. Andrews 45pts.
Averett 43 pts.
NCSU 40 pts.

Individual Standings After Three Shows
First Level – Gaby Stephens in second place with 15 pts. behind Samantha Majors from NCSU with 18pts.
Upper Training – Megan Pustarfi and Elizabeth McNeel of NCSU tied for second place with 11 pts. behind Kasey Toth from AU with 15 pts.
Lower Training – Elizabeth Tate leads with 12 pts. Two riders tied for second place with 11 pts.
Introductory – Nina Jurac leads with 14 pts. Sarah Hartley in second with 11 pts. Third place has 8 pts.

Saturday – Team Results
1.    NCSU A
2.    Averett B
3.    Averett A
4.    St. Andrews A
5.    Mixed Team A
6.    St. Andrews B

First Level Test 2
2nd Gaby Stephens

Training Level Test 3
4th Geneva Masak
6th Megan Pustarf

Training Level Test 1
4th Elizabeth Tate
6th Courtney Anderson

Introductory Level Test 1
1st Nina Jurac
2nd Alyssa Lubarsky
3rd Sarah Hartley

Sunday – Team Results
1.    Averett A
2.    St. Andrews B
3.    Mixed Team B
4.    St. Andrews A
5.    Averett B
6.    NCSU B

First Level Test 2
3rd Gaby Stephens
5th Farrington Wallace

Training Level Test 3
2nd Megan Pustarfi
3rd Geneva Masak

Training Level Test 1
3rd Elizabeth Tate
5th Courtney Anderson

Introductory Level Test 1
1st Nina Jurac
5th Sarah Hartley

Dressage Team – High Point Team at NCSU Show

The Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) team had a spectacular start to the intercollegiate season at the first show of the season hosted by North Carolina State University (NCSU) at Saddle Tree Stables in Willow Springs, NC. This is a new location for IDA competition and was a wonderful venue for the well-organized show.

First level riders set the stage for St. Andrews with freshmen Gaby Stephens, sophomores Farrin Wallace and Alex Varisco placing 1st, 2nd and 6th respectively with strong rides in First Level Test 1.

Senior Megan Pustarfi added to Team A’s points with a strong 2nd place in Training Level Test 2 and Daryl Macleod earned a point for the B Team with her 6th placing.

Sophomore Geneva Masak had a beautiful ride at Training Level Test 1 to earn high point rider of the day (76.304%) and the blue ribbon in Training Level Test 1. Gaby Stephens earned the reserve high point rider title with her score of 76.111%. Team B rider, freshman Beth Ann Tate laid down a good ride coming 2nd behind Masak.

At the Introductory Level, Senior Sarah Hartley rode to a second place finish in her first ever dressage test in competition with a score of 65.625%. Freshmen Alyssa Lubarsky placed 6th in the same division.

In the dressage seat equitation competition Rebecca Samsoe rode beautifully to earn second place in the Introductory division.

“An incredible start to the season,” said Coach Jackie Dwelle. “Everyone rode smart and sympathetically on the horse they drew. IDA is about riding the horse that shows up that day, not always an easy thing to do. The team applied the concepts we have been working on at home and showed off what they have learned. Great start to the 2015-2016 season!”

Team Results
St. Andrews A – 19
NCSU A – 15
St. Andrews B – 15 (tie broken by average percentage)
NCSU B – 11
Averett B – 10
Mixed Team – 7

First Level Test 1
1st Gaby Stephens 76.111%
2nd Farrin  Wallace 70.000%
6th Alex Varisco 64.074%

Training Level Test 2
2nd Megan Pustarfi 65.192%
6th Daryl Macleod 58.653%

Training Level Test 1
1st Geneva Masak 76.304%
2nd Beth Ann Tate 67.826%

Introductory Level Test B
2nd Sarah Hartley 65.625%
6th Alyssa Lubarsky 62.812%

High Point Team, High Point and Reserve High Point Riders. Great start to the year!
High Point Team, High Point and Reserve High Point Riders. Great start to the year!

Elusive Excellence – Excellence in Academics

Fourth in our series “Elusive Excellence” investigating the meaning behind our motto “Excellence is our Tradition”

Corinne Nicholson - Chair of Dept. Business and economics
Corinne Nicholson – Chair of Dept. Business and economics

When I think of excellence in the classroom one of the first people that comes to mind is Corinne Nicholson, Department Chair Business and Economics. Corinne’s classes are known for their demanding standards in personal presentation and academic rigor. Students are evaluated on how they present themselves as well as on the quality of their work. I asked Corinne about her philosophy towards classroom instruction.

“I require that our students think analytically, synthesize information, recognize and solve problems, work within dynamic environments, communicate effectively, and work in teams.  This learning environment allows them to believe in themselves and their abilities and to develop the confidence in their knowledge and skills to accept the challenges that lie ahead.”

Students in Corinne’s classes are pushed to stretch themselves out of their comfort zones and develop their skills as problem solvers and leaders. Senior Policy and Strategy Seminar is one such class where students are required to push past their comfort zones in many areas to achieve success.

“I maintain a passionate, uncompromising commitment to student learning through instructional excellence in the major.  Although professional service to the college and the larger community consumes a large percentage of my time, my role as an effective teacher, scholar, and advisor is my top priority.  I design and deliver courses that encourage students to expand their knowledge base, develop relevant skills, refine their entrepreneurial and strategic thinking, and develop the professional behavior needed for success in life.”

Corinne has been a leader in the development of the MBA program at St. Andrews which offers a unique higher education experience. The MBA program is designed to be taught as an in seat class while simultaneously being offered live on the web making it accessible to a wide range of students.

The recently added MBA for Equine Professionals is just one example of the innovative programs that Corinne has been instrumental in designing. Requiring students to work on strategic plans for an existing business this MBA track offers equine professionals access to a team of professionals to assist in the development of an equine business. Corinne’s contribution to the MBA program is significant from design of the curriculum to teaching some of the classes.

“I have taught the MBA capstone course on Strategic Thinking both in the summer and winter terms.  This is a challenging course for us all.  The class structure, requirements, and expectations are very different from the undergraduate level.  I enjoy seeing the students pull from all their previous graduate course work and synthesize their knowledge and skills into an integrated approach to thinking and analyzing.  Although the work load is demanding, the demonstration of learning is outstanding!”

Corinne Nicholson aspires for excellence with her never ending and rigorous pursuit of continual academic improvement translating into success for students in strategic leadership opportunities.