Four Lady Flames Hunt Seat riders advance to Zone 4 finals
February 24, 2019 | Amherst, Va.
Junior Amber Gayheart clinched the Cacchione Cup as the Region 4 High-Point Rider and was one of four Liberty University Hunt Seat equestrian team members out of the five that competed in Saturday's IHSA Region 4 Championships at Sweet Briar College to qualify for the April 6 Zone competition hosted by the University of Virginia at the Barracks Stable in Charlottesville.
Gayheart won the Open Flat division Saturday after previously qualifying for Zones in Open Fences. Liberty sophomore Brooke Boan was Champion of the Walk-Trot-Canter division, junior Kate Donnelly was Reserve Champion in Walk-Trot-Canter, and senior Sarah Reece earned Reserve Champion honors in Walk-Trot to qualify for Zones.
|Amber Gayheart was the Open Flat Champion rider.|
Senior Morgan Faber narrowly missed advancing with her third-place finish in Intermediate Flat.
"It was a good day," Liberty Head Coach Suzanne Flaig said. "We were so happy with all the performances on Saturday. They are doing some of their best riding of year in the postseason."
Top finishers in the Zone competition will qualify to compete in the May 2-5 IHSA National Championships at the New York State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Syracuse, N.Y.