Lady Flames Hunt Seat team moves into tie for Region 4 lead
February 9, 2020 | Amherst, Va.
After finishing third with 32 points in Saturday's Region 4 show at the Liberty University Equestrian Center, the Lady Flames' Hunt Seat equestrian team won Sunday's event at Sweet Briar College with 43 points to move into a tie with the Vixens for first place in the regular-season standings with 257 points.
Individually, besides junior Hanna Gossard (Limit Flat) and sophomore Juliana Gorena (Novice Flat) who qualified earlier this season, three more Liberty riders accrued enough points to compete in the Feb. 22 Region 4 Championship show at Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. — sophomore Nadia Cooper (Intermediate Flat and Intermediate Fences), junior Brooke Boan (Limit Flat and Limit Fences), and sophomore Grace Radulovic (Introductory Flat).
|Sophomore Nadia Cooper qualified for the Region 4 Championships in Intermediate Flat and Fences.|
On Saturday at Liberty, Boan placed first in Limit Fences and freshman Amanda Parrow also captured a blue ribbon in Pre-Novice Flat. Cooper earned a red ribbon in Intermediate Fences while sophomore Carly Woods finished runner-up in Limit Flat and Morgan Holt took second in Introductory Flat. Senior Amber Gayheart came in third place in Open Flat, junior Riley Milam rode to third in Intermediate Flat, and senior Leah Brittin placed third in Novice Flat.
Then on Sunday at Sweet Briar, the Lady Flames claimed a total of six blue ribbons — by Milam (Intermediate Flat), who also placed third in Intermediate Fences, Boan (Limit Fences), Cooper (Intermediate Flat), Gorena (Limit Flat), freshman Ellie Bruss (Novice Flat), and Radulovic (Introductory Flat). Gayheart earned another white ribbon in Open Flat and sophomore Aubrey Windsor also placed third in Limit Flat.
Liberty will conclude its Region 4 regular season with a show this Saturday at Mary Washington.
"We are excited going into our last weekend of regular season shows for both our Hunt Seat and Western teams," Liberty Head Coach Suzanne Flaig said. "Both are coming off of Team High Point wins and are doing some of their best riding of the season, so we will give it our all this weekend and continue to look ahead to the postseason."