SAU Western Team takes top honors at home competition
Laurinburg, N.C. - The St. Andrews University Western Team took first place in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Western Competition held at the Equestrian Center Saturday.
The team earned 40 points to give a 10-point margin of victory over second place finisher North Carolina State University. Virginia Tech, Martin Community College and Appalachian State University rounded out the top five.
Shannon Leggett was the high point rider with Virginia Tech's Maggie Gregg earning reserve champion status.
First place finishes were earned by Leggett in Reining and Open Horsemanship Section A, Michelle Hustad in Open Horsemanship Section B, Sami Cram in Novice Horsemanship, Miranda Wright in Intermediate II Horsemanship Section A, Logan Teeter in Intermediate II Horsemanship Section B, and Dugan McDermott in Beginner Horsemanship Section B.
Kali Cram added a second place finish in Advanced Horsemanship will third places finishes were provided by Jake Nix in Novice Horsemanship Section B and Tyler Gritzuk in Beginner Horsemanship Section A.
The team will compete again on Saturday at North Carolina State University in Raleigh before the Western Regional Finals Sunday, also in Raleigh.
SAU Dressage in top position Sunday
Danville, Va. – The St. Andrews University Dressage Team traveled to Averett University for a pair of Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) competitions.
The two teams representing St. Andrews finished first and second Sunday, with third and fourth place finishes on Saturday.
Junior Lindsey Agaliotis and sophomore Erin Hudson started the weekend of competition with second and third places in first level test 3. Agaliotis was beaten by her rival in the division Emily Henderson from Averett by 0.146 of a percentage point.
“We are so close,” said Agaliotis, “I had a great ride, Emily just knows the horses better and she rode really well today.”
In lower training senior Lauren Parker earned 68.75%, which was way ahead of the second place at 63.75%.
In Sunday’s competition Agaliotis drew the same horse and improved her score to win the division with a score of 69.828%, Emily Henderson placed second this time with only 0.826 of a percentage point separating them.
In upper training St. Andrews took 3rd, 4th and 5th with strong rides from sophomore Brianna Carter and seniors Casey Curtis and Lauren Parker who pointed out of the lower training division with Saturday’s win.
In lower training senior Paige Tillison put in a beautiful test scoring 71.428%, which was more than 10 percentage points ahead of second place. At the introductory level Jenna Marten rode strongly to win the division and Hannah Firth placed 4th.
“We had a great weekend,” said Dressage Coach Jackie Dwelle, “Saturday, the team learned valuable lessons about showing off the horses to the best of their ability whether they were the strongest or the weakest draw in the division. We put those lessons to good use on Sunday. I am very proud of all the riders, they took what they learned and applied it to their riding, a great example of analysis and critical thinking in the sporting arena.”
Averett now leads the region by one point over St. Andrews, meaning the final show of the regular season at St. Andrews on March 18 will determine which team qualifies for the trip to Centenary College for IDA Nationals at the end of April. The show will also determine whether Agaliotis and Marten earn individual trips to the Nationals in first level and introductory level respectively.
SAU Show Team makes impact in Raleigh
Raleigh, N.C. – The St. Andrews University Show Team traveled to the Raleigh Winter II United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) competition.
Kayla McBath ended the weekend with second and fourth place finishes in the Adult Hunter competition. Kim Graves was fifth and sixth in the Amateur Owner over jumps and second in hack. Katie Hansen was fourth and sixth in over jumps and sixth in hack. Regi Barasch finished second and third in over jumps.
The next competition for Show Team members will be March 9 – 11 in Raleigh.
About St. Andrews University
St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.