Equestrian Hunt Seat riders saddle up for Zone 4 competition
April 3, 2019 | Lynchburg, Va.
Saturday at the Barracks Stable's indoor arena in Charlottesville, Va., Liberty University junior Hunt Seat equestrian co-captain Amber Gayheart will have three opportunities to qualify for the May 2-5 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championships.
Gayheart, the Region 4 Cacchione Cup champion, will be one of five regional high-point riders at the Zone 4 Championships, hosted by the University of Virginia, with the top three advancing to nationals at the New York State Fairground Expo Center in Syracuse, N.Y.
Gayheart, who is also competing in the Open Flat and Open Fences events, will be one of four Liberty representatives along with juniors Kate Donnelly and Brooke Boan (Walk-Trot-Canter) and senior Sarah Reece (Walk-Trot) riding for national bids. They can qualify in either of those classes with top-two showings out of 10 competitors (two from each region).
"Some of the top riders in the country will be competing there," Lady Flames Head Coach Suzanne Flaig said. "They all have a very good chance to qualify on to nationals and hopefully will be able to give their best performances on Saturday to earn that right."
This past weekend, Liberty hosted the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Zone 3 championships at the Liberty Equestrian Center. Liberty provided horses and Lady Flames team members volunteered to groom and prepare them to ride for one of the most competitive high school zones in the country.