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Mays faces top Western riders at IHSA national show in Pa.

May 6, 2018  |  Harrisburg, Pa. 

Junior Erin Mays (in black hat) and Western Equestrian Coach Lauren Eagles were joined by several teammates in Harrisburg. (Photos courtesy of Kaleigh Bryce) test test test test
Junior Erin Mays (in black hat) and Western Equestrian Coach Lauren Eagles were joined by several teammates in Harrisburg. (Photos courtesy of Kaleigh Bryce)

Junior equestrian rider Erin Mays, Liberty University's first Western team member to qualify for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships, rode to a 10th-place finish on Sunday afternoon at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.

Mays' Novice Horsemanship division was the final event on Sunday afternoon in a competition that lasted only 30 minutes with no finals. Each of the riders guided their horses along the rails before having them perform a required pattern.

"It was a great experience," Western Coach Lauren Eagles said. "Erin drew a pretty difficult horse, so it took her a minute to figure her out. She's improved so much this year and I'm proud of her."

Erin Mays competes in Western Novice Horsemanship at IHSA nationals.

Mays, who arrived with several of her teammates on Friday, had additional support from family and friends in town leading up to Sunday's performance.

Findlay (Ohio) was the team champion, dethroning St. Andrews, also from Liberty's Region 4.

Eagles hopes Liberty's Western riders can build on Mays' success and advance to nationals as a team next season, their fifth with a Western team, when they should be even stronger.

"We have a couple really nice recruits coming in that have a good foundation and background to join several returners who made big improvements and will improve on that success next year as well," Eagles said. "The team's goal next year is to win our region and finish in the top three in our Semi-Finals, which will qualify the whole team for nationals, as well as having more individual riders compete."

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Schedule
Results
Jan 25, 3:00 PM - Laurinburg, NC
at
Equestrian
Western Show at St. Andrew University
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SECS
Equestrian
at Western Show at St. Andrew University
Jan 25, 3:00 PM - Laurinburg, NC

Equestrian
at Western Show at St. Andrew University
Jan 26, 8:00 AM - Laurinburg, NC

Equestrian
at Western Show at St. Andrew University
Jan 27, 8:00 AM - Laurinburg, NC

Equestrian
at Hunt Seat @ University of South Carolina
Feb 1, 9:00 AM - Blythewood, SC

Equestrian
at Hunt Seat @ University of South Carolina
Feb 2, 9:00 AM - Blythewood, SC

Full Schedule

Nov 17
Equestrian
at Hunt Seat @ Christopher Newport University
3rd -Team Finish

Nov 3
Equestrian
at Hunt Seat @ Richmond University
2nd -Team Finish

Oct 20
Equestrian
at Hunt Seat @ Virginia Commonwealth University
3rd - Team Finish

Sep 30
Equestrian
at Hunt Seat @ Sweet Briar College
1st & 2nd - Gayheart

May 6
Equestrian
at IHSA Nationals
Mays - 10th Place

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