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Western riders reserve champions in weekend shows at LU

November 17, 2019  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Senior Sarah Reece (left) placed first in Rookie A Horsemanship while sophomore Faith Dantona (center) and senior Megan Brandt (right) finished first in Saturday's Open Horsemanship class. (Photos courtesy of Kaleigh Bryce) test test test test
Senior Sarah Reece (left) placed first in Rookie A Horsemanship while sophomore Faith Dantona (center) and senior Megan Brandt (right) finished first in Saturday's Open Horsemanship class. (Photos courtesy of Kaleigh Bryce)

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.

Equestrian Links
Schedule
Results
Feb 6, 10:00 AM - Fredericksburg, VA
Equestrian at University of Mary Washington IHSA Show
DAYS
HOURS
MINS
SECS
Equestrian
at University of Mary Washington IHSA Show
Feb 6, 10:00 AM - Fredericksburg, VA

Equestrian
at Sweet Briar College IHSA Show
Feb 13, 10:00 AM - Sweet Briar, VA

Full Schedule

Apr 4
Equestrian
at Hunt Seat Zones
CANCELLED

Mar 21
Equestrian
at Western Semi Finals
CANCELLED

Feb 23
Equestrian
at Western Regionals
2nd Place Finish

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

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

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