Western riders reserve champions in weekend shows at LU
November 17, 2019 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's Western equestrian team had five first-place performances and three second-place riders at Saturday's and Sunday's first-ever IHSA Region 4 home shows at the Liberty Equestrian Center. The Lady Flames finished as Reserve High Point Champions on both days, behind only perennial powerhouse St. Andrews (N.C.), which solidified its first-place Region 4 standing.
On Saturday, Liberty senior Megan Brandt and sophomore Faith Dantona both captured blue ribbons in Open Horsemanship while senior Sarah Reece placed first in Rookie A Western Horsemanship and sophomore Savanna Graves finished first in Open Reining.
Junior Kennedy Brouwer rode to a second-place showing in Beginner Western Horsemanship.
|Brianna Bass and Madeleine Temple placed first and second, respectively, in Level II Western Horsemanship.|
Then, on Sunday, Lady Flames senior Brianna Bass came in first place in Level II Western Horsemanship while seniors Brandt and Madeleine Temple earned red ribbons for second-place showings in Open Western Horsemanship and Level II Western Horsemanship, respectively.
"The team rode strong and represented Liberty well and finished with Reserve Championships both days," Liberty Western Head Coach Madeline Shrode said. "It was such a fantastic opportunity to be able to showcase our facility and to host for the very first time. We look forward to being able to host more in the future and seeing our region continue to grow and develop."
The two home shows were Liberty's last of its fall competition schedule before the Lady Flames open their spring season on Feb. 1 at St. Andrews. Liberty will conclude its regular-season Feb. 22 at Martin Community College, also the site of the Feb. 23 Region 4 championships and the March 21 IHSA National Semi-Finals.