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Gayheart rides to 15th-place final showing at IHSA Nationals

May 4, 2019  |  Syracuse, N.Y. 

Amber Gayheart clears a jump in the over fences phase of the Cacchione Cup at the IHSA National Championships. (Photo courtesy of Al Cook Productions) test test test test
Amber Gayheart clears a jump in the over fences phase of the Cacchione Cup at the IHSA National Championships. (Photo courtesy of Al Cook Productions)

Liberty University junior Hunter Seat rider Amber Gayheart placed 15th out of 24 finalists for the Cacchione Cup at Saturday's Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championships at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y.

The Cacchione Cup is the premier event of the Hunter Seat competition with some of the top riders in the country. Gayheart was the third rider to represent Liberty at the IHSA National Championships, following Liz Chenelle who placed 10th in the Cacchione Cup in 2017 and Western rider Erin Mays, who finished 10th in Novice Horsemanship last spring.

Amber Gayheart with her IHSA Cacchione Cup saddle award.

Gayheart scored a 68 in Friday's Phase I (over fences) of the competition and followed that with a 74 in Saturday's Phase II (on the flat) for a 142-point total. Adam Edgar of the Savannah (Ga.) College of Art & Design (SCAD) was the overall winner with 171 points. Complete results are available online.

"Amber was an outstanding representative for our team and she will return for her senior year of competition to vie for the title again," Lady Flames Head Coach Suzanne Flaig said.

Academic award winners were also honored at IHSA Nationals, with riders on the first team maintaining grade-point averages of 3.8 or better and second-team recognition given to those with GPAs of 3.5 or higher. Gayheart was on the first team, joined by fellow juniors Brooke Boan and Hannah Cole, and seniors Mays, Kendall Burdette, Amber Dixon, Kaitlyn Donnelly, Morgan Faber, Olivia Kuban, Katherine Lawson, and Mallory Zodda. Seniors Megan Brandt and Sarah Reece, sophomore Aubrey Windsor, and freshmen Juliana Gorena, Rebekah Hilpl, and Carly Woods made the second team.

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Schedule
Results
Sep 27, 10:00 AM - Toano, VA
Equestrian at IHSA Horse Show at the College of William & Mary
DAYS
HOURS
MINS
SECS
Equestrian
at IHSA Horse Show at the College of William & Mary
Sep 27, 10:00 AM - Toano, VA

Equestrian
at IHSA Horse Show at Virginia Commonwealth Universit
Oct 18, 10:00 AM - Mechanicsville, VA

Equestrian
at University of Richmond IHSA Show
Oct 31, 10:00 AM - Ashland, VA

Equestrian
at Randolph Macon College IHSA Show
Nov 7, 10:00 AM - Ashland, VA

Equestrian
at Christopher Newport University IHSA Show
Nov 21, 10:00 AM - Toano, VA

Full Schedule

Apr 4
Equestrian
at Hunt Seat Zones
CANCELLED

Mar 21
Equestrian
at Western Semi Finals
CANCELLED

Feb 23
Equestrian
at Western Regionals
2nd Place Finish

Feb 22
Equestrian
at IHSA Zone 4 Region 4 Finals Horse Show at UMW
4/6 girls advanced

Feb 15
Equestrian
at University of Mary Washington IHSA Horse Show
3rd Place Finish

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