Mays ready to ride as Liberty's first Western national qualifier
April 30, 2018 | Harrisburg, Pa.
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.