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Equestrian Hunt Seat riders saddle up for Zone 4 competition

April 3, 2019  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Amber Gayheart competes in the Feb. 9 Region 4 show at the Liberty Equestrian Center. (Photo by Gabrielle Calhoun) test test test test
Amber Gayheart competes in the Feb. 9 Region 4 show at the Liberty Equestrian Center. (Photo by Gabrielle Calhoun)

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.

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Schedule
Results
Feb 1, 9:00 AM - St. Andrews University
at
Equestrian
Western
DAYS
HOURS
MINS
SECS
Equestrian
at Western
Feb 1, 9:00 AM - St. Andrews University

Equestrian
vs. Hunt Seat
Feb 8, 9:00 AM - Lynchburg, VA

Equestrian
at Sweet Briar College IHSA Horse Show
Feb 9, 10:00 AM - Sweet Briar, VA

Equestrian
at University of Mary Washington IHSA Horse Show
Feb 15, 2:00 PM - Fredericksburg, VA

Equestrian
at Western
Feb 22, 9:00 AM - Martin Community College

Full Schedule

Nov 16
Equestrian
vs. Western
3rd place finish

Nov 10
Equestrian
at Virginia Commonwealth University IHSA Horse Show
1st place finish

Nov 9
Equestrian
at Virginia Commonwealth University IHSA Horse Show
1st place finish

Nov 2
Equestrian
at University of Richmond IHSA Horse Show
1st Place Finish

Oct 27
Equestrian
at Randolph Macon College IHSA Horse Show
2nd Place Finish

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