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Mays ready to ride as Liberty's first Western national qualifier

April 30, 2018  |  Harrisburg, Pa. 

Lady Flames sophomore Western rider Erin Mays practices at the Liberty Equestrian Center. (Photo by Leah Seavers) test test test test
Lady Flames sophomore Western rider Erin Mays practices at the Liberty Equestrian Center. (Photo by Leah Seavers)

As Liberty University's first Western equestrian rider to qualify for the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championships, this Thursday through Sunday in Harrisburg, Pa., Lady Flames junior Erin Mays hopes to match the level of success senior captain Elizabeth Chenelle experienced as Liberty's first Hunt Seat IHSA National qualifier last spring, when she placed 10th out of 41 open riders in Lexington, Ky.

"It is a huge opportunity for her to represent our team and the whole program, to see how far we have come and show the level of talent we have in our barn," Liberty equestrian Western Coach Lauren Eagles said. "She is very excited."

Mays will compete amongst the top 12 riders from three regions across the United States in the Novice Western Horsemanship division. She qualified by placing second in that class at the IHSA Western Semifinals in Reedsville, W.Va.

"We want to show that we mean business and we're coming up in the world, even though we're only five years old," said Mays, who has already accrued enough points to move up into the Advanced Horsemanship class next season. "No matter what happens, it's all in God's plan. I'm putting whatever happens in His hands. Most of all, we want it to be a ministry opportunity to those around us."

Results from Mays' competition, set for Sunday, will be posted on the IHSA website.

 

Video by Sean Leonard and Patrick Strawn/Club Sports Assistant Director of Video & Media

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Schedule
Results
Sep 30, 9:00 AM - Sweet Briar, VA
at
Equestrian
Hunt Seat @ Sweet Briar College
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MINS
SECS
Equestrian
at Hunt Seat @ Sweet Briar College
Sep 30, 9:00 AM - Sweet Briar, VA

Equestrian
at Hunt Seat @ Virginia Commonwealth University
Oct 20, 9:00 AM - Richmond, VA

Equestrian
at Hunt Seat @ Richmond University
Nov 3, 9:00 AM - Richmond, VA

Equestrian
at Hunt Seat @ Christopher Newport University
Nov 17, 9:00 AM - Newport News, VA

Equestrian
vs. Hunt Seat @ Liberty University
Feb 9, 9:00 AM - Lynchburg, VA

Full Schedule

May 6
Equestrian
at IHSA Nationals
Mays - 10th Place

Apr 7
Equestrian
at Hunt Seat Zone Finals
Gill 4th Place

Mar 18
Equestrian
at Western Semi-Finals
Mays 2nd

Mar 17
Equestrian
at Western Semi-Finals
Mays & Bass Advance

Feb 25
Equestrian
at Western Regionals
2nd Place

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