Teams

Meet the St. Andrews University Intercollegiate Equestrian Teams

St. Andrews offers the opportunity to compete on a team in intercollegiate competition as well as at USEF rated hunter/jumper shows and at hunter/jumper and dressage schooling shows. Read more about our many teams!

Hunter Seat Western Dressage ANRC Show Teams

IHSA Hunter Seat Team
Undefeated Regional Champions 2018
Undefeated Regional Champions 2018

The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Hunter Seat Team competes in Zone 4, Region 3, and has been the Zone Champion team multiple times. In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. The IHSA Hunter Seat Team won the Region and went onto the National Championships in each of these years. Many of our riders successfully compete as individuals in Regional, Zone and National Finals for IHSA.

St. Andrews hosts IHSA hunter seat shows plus the Regional Finals each year. For more information on IHSA visit www.ihsainc.com.

Zone qualifiers Mackenzie Parks, Sabrina Vlacich, Scout Maddox and Kelsey Kocher.
2017 Zone qualifiers Mackenzie Parks, Sabrina Vlacich, Scout Maddox and Kelsey Kocher.

Meet Our Coaches

Ashley Duda – IHSA Hunter Seat Coach

Ashley Duda - Hunter Seat Coach
Ashley Duda – Hunter Seat Coach

Ashley has coached both Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and National Collegiate Equestrian Association teams.  Most recently, Ashley coached the Kansas State University Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team.  The team was founded in the fall of 2014 and qualified for IHSA Nationals in 2015, 2016, and 2017.  In 2017, the team placed 9th and had two riders earn national reserve champions.

Before moving to Kansas, Ashley was the coach of the St. Andrews University Hunter Seat Team from August 2009 until May 2012.  While at St. Andrews, she coached the show team, American National Riding Commission (ANRC) Team, and the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Hunter Seat Team as well as help run the 2012 IHSA National Championship Horse Show.  Over the three years, Ashley coached the show team to multiple championships and many equitation wins including coaching the 2012 North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Adult Medal Finals Champion and Reserve Champion.  Previous to coaching at St. Andrews, Ashley coached a NCAA equestrian team at Kansas State University.  Ashley has her master’s degree from Kansas State University and her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech.

Emilee Wilson – IHSA Hunter Seat Assistant Coach 

Assistant Coach Emily WilsonEmilee has her undergraduate degree from St. Andrews and  is working on her M.B.A. She instructs in the hunter seat program and is the Assistant Coach for the IHSA team  and also serves as our Event Manager.

 

 

 

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IHSA Western Team

Back to Back IHSA National Champions 2016 & 2017!

IHSA National Champions!
IHSA 2017 National Champions

IHSA National Champion Team 2017!

Our Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Western Team competes in Zone 4 and is the Regional Champion Team for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The IHSA Western Team qualified for the National Championship Show as a team 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The team won the IHSA National Championships in 2017 and tied with Berry College as National Champions in 2016. In 2014 they placed 3rd and in 2013 were Reserve National Champions.

St. Andrews hosts four IHSA western shows each year and hosted IHSA Semi Finals in 2014 and 2017.

2017-2018 IHSA Western Team
2017-2018 IHSA Western Team

Meet Our Coaches

IHSA Western Head Coach
Head Coach Carla Wennberg

Carla Wennberg – IHSA Western Head Coach

Carla is a University of Georgia Alumna, graduating in 1981 with a B.S. degree in Animal Science. Carla joined the equestrian staff in 2006 as the head Western Coach and teaches dressage instruction as well. Carla is responsible for coaching the IHSA Western Team, and teaching horse judging classes. Carla has won three World Championships at AQHA Youth Worlds, and was All Around Youth at American Quarter Horse Congress. Carla has also won a bronze medal in dressage. She has been an AQHA judge for 31 years, and spent 28 years as a NRHA and NSBA judge. She has judged in eight foreign countries. Carla has also worked at other universities prior to coming to St. Andrews. She spent six years at Colorado State University, five years at the University of Georgia, and almost five at Martin Community College.

Recent Career Highlights

  • 2008 Carla was honored as AQHA Horseman of the Year
  • 2010 she served as a FEI steward for reining at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. 

“Making the horse’s welfare foremost is the job of the FEI steward and by working at the World Games justified to me this work as a steward is exactly that!”

  • 2012 she was awarded IHSA Sportsmanship Coach of the Year
  • 2013 Carla’s IHSA Western team were Reserve National Champions.
  • 2016 Carla’s IHSA Western Team were joint IHSA National Champions and Carla was awarded Coach of the Year!
  • 2017 Carla’s IHSA Western Team were IHSA National Champions

A multi-faceted horsewomen she also has earned her United States Dressage Federation Silver medal.

Cailey Culp  – IHSA Western Assistant Coach

Cailey Culp
Cailey Culp

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Intercollegiate Dressage Team

St. Andrews competes with the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) qualifying teams or individuals for 10 IDA National Championships (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

For more information go to www.teamdressage.com 

Lynn Palm Clinic Sept. 2017 

Dressage team members also participate in local schooling dressage shows.

Photos by Alex Varisco

Dressage Team Fun

Meet Our Coach 

Jackie Dwelle
Head Coach Jackie Dwelle

Jackie Dwelle  – Dressage Head Coach

Jackie is an Indiana Wesleyan University Alumna, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the Science of Management in December of 2003. She also continued her education with an MBA from East Carolina University in July of 2006. Jackie has been a member of St. Andrews since 1998 serving in various roles including Equestrian Facilities Manager and Director of Instructional Riding.

Jackie teaches a variety of classes in the Equine Studies curriculum, teaches riding lessons and serves as the dressage coach. She was recognized in 2012 with the Class of 2004 Distinguished Faculty Award from St. Andrews. Before Jackie came to St. Andrews, she was a barn manager for several barns in Southern Pines, spending nine years at Ed and Sandy Minchin’s Pine Meadow Farm working with International Hunter Futurity prospects. She also worked as barn manager and groom for eventer Mark Weissbecker, and for Diana Dodge at Nokomis Farm working with show hunters.

Prior to moving to Southern Pines Jackie worked as head groom and road manager for J. Michael Plumb and Karen Stives and their three-day event horses. Jackie serves the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) as National Secretary and Treasurer. She has been recognized by IDA as Coach of the Year and as an inductee into the IDA Hall of Fame.

Jackie is the author of a published book Your First Horse and various articles on horse care. She holds the British Horse Society Assistant Instructor certification and a Parelli level two graduate.
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American National Riding Commission
ANRC National Championship

St. Andrews participates in the American National Riding Commission (ANRC) Intercollegiate Equitation Championship, traditionally held annually in April.

The championship provides two levels of competition, a Novice division at the 2’6” height and the National division at 3’ fences. Students may compete on a college-owned horse or a privately owned horse. The highest score in each phase will be awarded to the rider who demonstrates excellence in equitation and produces a smooth, cooperative performance exemplifying quality hunter movement both on the flat and over fences.

Sabrina V. Reserve Champion Rider Overall 2017
Sabrina V. Reserve Champion Rider Overall 2017

 

Sabrina & Westy
Sabrina & Westy

The National championship showcases college’s most talented riders in a team competition judged and scored on equitation skills in four phases:

  1. Program Ride (includes USEF Hunter Equitation Tests).
  2. Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Course
  3. Derby Course (natural jumps in a field)
  4. Written test based on riding theory and stable management
Amy Wrozek & Onyx

In 2015 the St. Andrews Novice Team won the Derby Phase. Many St. Andrews riders have obtained National Rider Ratings from ANRC. St. Andrews won the National Champion in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2007 and was Reserve Champion in 2004 and 2006. Additionally, our riders have been the Individual Champion or Reserve Champion at the ANRC National Finals 12 times. St. Andrews has been the host of the National Championship seven times most recently in 2015.

For more information on ANRC go to www.anrc.

Zoe and Benjamin Moore
Zoe and Benjamin Moore

Meet Our Coach  

Ashley Duda - Show Team Coach
ANRC Team Coach Ashley Duda

Ashley Duda – ANRC Team Coach

Ashley has coached both Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and National Collegiate Equestrian Association teams.  Most recently, Ashley coached the Kansas State University Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team.  The team was founded in the fall of 2014 and qualified for IHSA Nationals in 2015, 2016, and 2017.  In 2017, the team placed 9th and had two riders earn national reserve champions.

Before moving to Kansas, Ashley was the coach of the St. Andrews University Hunter Seat Team from August 2009 until May 2012.  While at St. Andrews, she coached the show team, American National Riding Commission (ANRC) Team, and the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Hunter Seat Team as well as help run the 2012 IHSA National Championship Horse Show.  Over the three years, Ashley coached the show team to multiple championships and many equitation wins including coaching the 2012 North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Adult Medal Finals Champion and Reserve Champion.  Previous to coaching at St. Andrews, Ashley coached a NCAA equestrian team at Kansas State University.  Ashley has her master’s degree from Kansas State University and her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech.
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Horse Show Teams
Show Team Riders - The Shaffer sisters & their horses Tony, Colleen and Paulie
Show Team Riders – The Shaffer Sisters & their horses Tony, Colleen and Paulie

The Show Team

The St. Andrews Show Team competes regularly at United States Equestrian (formerly known as USEF) shows in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Winter showing in Florida is also available. Riders compete in the Adult Hunter and Adult Jumper Divisions. Students with their own horses may also compete in the Amateur Owner Divisions.

The Schooling Team

The St. Andrews Schooling Team competes at schooling and regional circuit shows in North Carolina and South Carolina. This team offers a great opportunity for a rider to gain experience and confidence in the show ring. It is also a great introduction to the show ring for a young or inexperienced horse.

Meet Our Coach
Ashley Duda - Show Team Coach
Ashley Duda – Show Team Coach

Ashley has been involved in the hunter-jumper industry as a professional for 12 years but has shown extensively on the “A” circuit for over 20 years.  She is committed to teaching the forward system of riding and is passionate about teaching good equitation as a way to develop the most functional riders.  Ashley loves developing both riders and horses.  She has experience putting horses under saddle and advancing them through the divisions in both the hunters and the jumpers.  Ashley has trained and competed hunter and jumper horses at both the local and national level while working out of her Hunter Hill Farm located in Randolph, Kansas.

Ashley graduated from Virginia Tech and then received her Masters from Kansas State University.  Ashley comes to us from Manhattan , KS where she has been running her own barn and business since 2012.

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Previous National Championships

The St. Andrews Equestrian Program has enjoyed great success as demonstrated by:

Six ANRC Intercollegiate National Championships (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007), Reserve Champion at the ANRC Intercollegiate National Championships (2004, 2006).

Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Hunter Seat Team qualified for IHSA National Championships (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).

Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Western Team qualified for IHSA National Championships (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). IHSA National Champions 2017, Co IHSA Champion Team 2016! IHSA Western Reserve National Championship (2013) and a perfect score at Semi Finals in 2016!

Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National Final Qualifications (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

 

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