Western team second at St. Andrews; Hunt Seat fifth at UR
November 5, 2017 | Laurinburg, N.C.
Liberty University's Western equestrian team finished as reserve high point team champion this past Sunday at St. Andrews (N.C.) University, a perennial IHSA national contender in the discipline.
The Flames and Lady Flames earned three red ribbons for runner-up performances — by junior Erin Mays in Advanced Horsemanship, senior Nate Bult in Beginning Horsemanship, and freshman Hannah Cole in Intermediate 1 Horsemanship.
It was Bult's final competition representing Liberty's equestrian team as he will be graduating in December.
"He had an amazing semester, bringing home two first-place finishes and a second-place showing in the three competitions we went to this semester," Liberty Western Head Coach Lauren Eagles said. "Hannah Cole rode in her first-ever competition ever and had an outstanding performance."
Cole was elated after her second-place showing in her first time riding for the Lady Flames.
"Never give up on your dreams because with God, anything is possible," she said. "It's crazy to think I've wanted to compete in this sport since I was like 4 years old, and now I've finally reached my goal. Words can't even describe how blessed and thankful I am to be on this team and in this sport."
On Saturday, Liberty's Hunt Seat team traveled to the Richmond area for the third time this Fall for an event in Manakin-Sabot, Va., hosted by the University of Richmond.
The Lady Flames placed fifth in the team standings with 27 points. Mary Washington finished first with 38 points followed by Sweet Briar (34), Randolph-Macon College (33), and the host Spiders (28).
"We had strong individual performances from (sophomore) Bailey Boan, who placed first in Novice Flat," Liberty Hunt Seat Head Coach Suzanne Flaig said. "(Senior) Zoe Leppke qualified for the Regional Final with a second-place finish in Novice Fences."
The Lady Flames also got second-place finishes from sophomore Kate Donnelly and freshman Brooke Boan in Walk-Trot-Canter and sophomore Mallory Zodda in Walk-Trot. Senior Hannah Petersen also had a good day, finishing third in Novice Flat.
"We made some mistakes, but learned a lot that will help us with our last show of the semester," Flaig said of Liberty's Nov. 18 event hosted by the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg.