I began my collegiate career at St. Andrews in 2015. Right off the bat I knew I wanted to try out for the IHSA and Horse Show Hunter Seat team. I put my name down for try outs and waited in anticipation for the day I could make a long-time dream come true.
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.”
UNC-Chapel Hill continues to dominate IHSA Hunter Seat this spring beating the Knights by 3 points on Saturday. “All our students rode well,” said Head IHSA Coach Ashley Duda. “UNC riders have more experience than most of our team and it shows! I was very pleased with how everyone rode today. Each rider represented themselves well and I was proud of the team today.”
Following Saturday’s show UNC-Chapel Hill leads the region by 7 points.
Overall Team Points
UNC-Chapel Hill 230
St. Andrews University 223
Duke University 195
NC State University 192
East Carolina University 191
Elon University 79
“After the many hours of no stirrups over the last few semesters, I was finally able to have that moment of self-actualization and it was definitely worth it! Looking forward to another successful weekend at home.”
Said Sydney Eller who rode to victory in both Open Flat and Open Fences to earn the High Point Rider title Saturday at Cottonwood Farm, home to the East Carolina University IHSA team.
As a junior majoring in equine business management preparing for my senior year, I realized that having an internship in the equine field would be beneficial to me after graduation. I decided to do an internship at YMCA Camp Seafarer as the Assistant Riding Director. Camp Seafarer is an all-girls camp that offers a variety of land and sea activities like sailing, fishing, archery, athletics, creative arts, and horseback riding. The horseback riding program at Camp Seafarer was originally started by Peggy McElveen and St. Andrews University has had a tight-knit relationship with the program ever since. Every summer, St. Andrews Equestrian Center sends the majority of its horses to summer camp programs. The horses arrive at camp in late May and stay there until early August. This past summer, twenty-four horses from the dressage, western, and hunter seat programs traveled to Camp Seafarer to teach girls in elementary, middle, and high school how to ride.
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.
Congratulations to Jennifer Callahan and Leah Davison for winning our 50th anniversary logo contest. Their logo design was selected to represent the Equestrian Program in this our 50th year. Jennifer and Leah both graduated in 2011 and chose to collaborate on the logo design, bringing back memories of projects they worked on together at St. Andrews.
We hope to use the anniversary logo throughout the year to celebrate 50 years of all things equine at St. Andrews.
The IHSA Western team led by Coaches Carla Wennberg and Cailey Culp held onto their regional lead by 12 points. The three day show was necessary to make up for show dates missed in the fall due to Hurricane Florence. Several riders qualified for IHSA Regionals over the weekend: Gina Ulveie, Annie Owen, Sarah Beth Felker, and Amanda Steskal.