Hunt Seat equestrian team first, Western third over weekend
September 28, 2019 | Laurinburg, N.C.
Riders from Liberty University's Western and Hunt Seat equestrian teams excelled over the weekend at shows hosted by St. Andrews (N.C.) University and the College of William & Mary, respectively.
The Western team, which finished third out of six schools — just three points behind perennial regional favorite St. Andrews and one point behind North Carolina State — posted three individual second-place finishes on Saturday before two riders received blue ribbons and two others added red ribbons on Sunday.
Senior Madeleine Temple (Level 1 Western Horsemanship) and juniors Kennedy Brouwer (Beginner Western Horsemanship) and Kara Wiley (Rookie B Western Horsemanship) finished runner-up to pace the Lady Flames in Saturday's show.
"Saturday was a great day to get our feet wet and get some experience for our new riders and a feel for the new horses St. Andrews had," Liberty Head Coach Madeline Shrode said.
On Sunday, senior Brianna Bass (Level 2 Western Horsemanship) and sophomore Faith Dantona (Open Western Horsemanship) won their respective classes, while senior Sarah Reece (Rookie A Western Horsemanship) and sophomore Savanna Graves (Reining) placed second.
Meanwhile, junior Kara Wiley qualified for regionals set for Feb. 23 at Martin Community College in the Rookie B Western Horsemanship Division by accumulating 36 points over her collegiate career.
"Sunday was a good day for us," Shrode said. "We were able to really go head-to-head with St. Andrews and North Carolina State. The girls all rode strong and I am excited to see them continue the progress they have started."
Liberty will host its first-ever Western shows back-to-back Nov. 16-17 at the Liberty Equestrian Center.
|Freshmen Ellie Bruss (above) and Amanda Parrow placed first in their respective divisions at William & Mary.|
Meanwhile, at the Hunt Seat team's Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) event at William & Mary, the Lady Flames earned five first-place individual finishes to tie for first place overall with both Sweet Briar College and Randolph Macon College at 36 points.
Sophomore Carly Woods and junior Brooke Boan both claimed blue ribbons in the Limit Flat division while freshmen Ellie Bruss (Novice) and Amanda Parrow (Pre Novice) and sophomore Grace Radulovic (Introductory) also won their respective divisions.
Senior Leah Brittin (Novice) and sophomore Nadia Cooper (Intermediate Flat) rode to second-place showings while senior Amber Gayheart (Open Flat), junior Hanna Gossard (Intermediate Flat), and Woods (Limit Over Fences) each placed third.
The Lady Flames will have the next three weeks off before concluding their fall semester schedule by traveling to the Richmond, Va., area over three consecutive weekends for six more IHSA shows, hosted by Randolph Macon (Oct. 26-27), Richmond (Nov. 2-3), and VCU (Nov. 9-10).