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Western equestrian places first, second at weekend shows

February 2, 2020  |  Laurinburg, N.C. 

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Liberty University's Western equestrian team had four more riders qualify to compete at the Western Regional Championships during first- and second-place team showings at this past weekend's Region 4 competition at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C.

Sophomore Faith Dantona and senior Megan Brandt secured their regional bids in the Open Horsemanship division while Madeleine Temple advanced in Level I Horsemanship and fellow senior Brianna Bass met the qualifying standard in Level II Horsemanship. They will join senior Kara Wiley, who qualified previously in the Rookie B division for the Feb. 16 regionals at Martin (N.C.) Community College.

The Lady Flames finished as Reserve Team High Point Champions at Saturday's show before senior Hannah Cole's second-place showing in Level I Horsemanship clinched Liberty's Team High Point Champion performance on Sunday. The team triumph moved Liberty into second place in the Region 4 regular-season standings.

Lady Flames senior Open division rider Megan Brandt secured a spot in the Feb. 16 Region 4 Championships.

"This weekend was a lot of fun," Western Assistant Coach Madeline Shrode said after the Lady Flames' first regular-season win in her second season at Liberty. "Seeing their hard work in practice pay off in the show area was great. Our goal has been to be consistent and to go toe-to-toe with St. Andrews every time we compete and we have definitely stepped up to that plate. I am excited to take this group to Regionals."

Shrode is hopeful the Lady Flames can qualify one more rider for the Region 4 Championships — sophomore Savanna Graves in the Open Reining division — at the final regular-season show on Feb. 15, the same location as the next day's regional championships.

Lady Flames senior Hannah Cole placed first in Level I Horsemanship and Bass captured a blue ribbon in Level II Horsemanship on Saturday at St. Andrews, where Brandt was runner-up in the Open division and Dantona and Temple finished third in Open and Level I Horsemanship, respectively.

On Sunday, Brandt and Dantona both earned blue ribbons, giving Liberty a clean sweep in the Open Western Horsemanship Division, while Bass repeated her first-place Level II finish.

Besides Graves' runner-up finish in Open Reining, freshman newcomer Austin Ruscoe started the day by placed second in the Beginner Horsemanship division before senior Sarah Reece finished third in Rookie B.

Equestrian Links
Oct 24, 10:00 AM - Lynchburg, VA
Equestrian at Scrimmage vs St Andrews
at Scrimmage vs St Andrews
Oct 24, 10:00 AM - Lynchburg, VA

at University of Mary Washington IHSA Show
Feb 6, 10:00 AM - Fredericksburg, VA

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

Full Schedule

Apr 4
at Hunt Seat Zones

Mar 21
at Western Semi Finals

Feb 23
at Western Regionals
2nd Place Finish

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

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