Lady Flames Western riders Region 4 Reserve Champions
February 16, 2020 | Windsor, N.C.
Liberty University's Western equestrian team finished as Reserve Regional Champions to St. Andrews University at last weekend's Region 4 show at Martin (N.C.) Community College, qualifying three individual riders for the National Semi Finals in Morgantown, W.Va., in March.
The second-place team showing was the Lady Flames' best performance at the Region 4 Championships since the program started in 2014.
|Sophomore Savanna Graves and seniors Madeleine Temple and Briana Bass qualified for National Semi-Finals in West Virginia.|
On Saturday, sophomore Faith Dantona finished second in the Open Horsemanship event while senior Madeleine Temple placed third in Level II Western Horsemanship and senior Megan Brandt took third in Open Horsemanship. Sophomore Savanna Graves also placed second in Open Reining, qualifying for Sunday's Regional Championships.
On Day 2, Senior Brianna Bass was named Reserve Regional Champion in Level II Western Horsemanship, senior Madeleine Temple captured a Reserve Regional Champion ribbon in Level I Western Horsemanship, and sophomore Savanna Graves received Reserve Regional Champion honors in Open Reining.
"We are looking forward to Semi Finals in West Virginia in March," Western Assistant Coach Madeline Shrode said. "Until then we will continue to work hard in and out of the arena."
Additionally, Liberty's Hunt Seat team qualified four of the six riders it sent to Saturday's Region 4 Championships at Mary Washington University to the April 4 Hunt Seat Zone 4 Championships at St. Andrews (N.C.) Grace Radulovic won the Introductory division and fellow sophomore Juliana Gorena finished first in Novice Flat while junior Brooke Boan (Limit Fences) and sophomore Nadia Cooper (Intermediate Fences) were both Reserve Champions.