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Three Western riders reach finals at national semis in Utah

March 16, 2019  |  Logan, Utah 

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Four members of Liberty University's Western equestrian team competed at the IHSA Semi-Finals in Logan, Utah, over the weekend, with junior Brianna Bass finishing fifth in the Novice Horsemanship class. She missed qualifying for the May 2-5 IHSA National Championships by one place.

Bass was one of Liberty's three finalists at the event, hosted by Utah State University. Seniors Erin Mays and Megan Brandt made the finals in Advanced Horsemanship. Mays became Liberty's first national championship qualifier last season; Liberty did not qualify any riders for nationals this year.

Though senior Amber Dixon did not reach the finals, Western Head Coach Madeline Shrode said she "had a very strong ride on the horse that she drew."

"Overall it was a good weekend, being able to have riders qualify and be competitive was a great accomplishment," Shrode said. "We learned a lot that will certainly be applied to next year's competitions."

Next, Liberty's Hunt Seat team will send its four qualifiers — senior Sarah Reese, juniors Amber Gayheart and Kate Donnelly, and sophomore Brooke Boan — to the April 6 Zone 4 competition in Charlottesville, Va.

Equestrian Links
Mar 21, 9:00 AM - Martin Community College
Western Semi Finals
at Western Semi Finals
Mar 21, 9:00 AM - Martin Community College

at Hunt Seat Zones
Apr 4, 9:00 AM - St. Andrews University

Full Schedule

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

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

Feb 15
at Martin Community College/North Carolina State Univ
Tie for 4th

Feb 9
at Sweet Briar College IHSA Horse Show
1st place finish

Feb 8
vs. Hunt Seat
3rd Place Finish

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