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Hunter Seat team rides to first-ever regional championship

February 19, 2017  |  Fredericksburg, Va. 

Members and coaches of Liberty's Hunter Seat equestrian team pose with Bob Cacchione, the IHSA's Executive Director, who was on hand to see the Flames clinch their first regional championship, Sunday in Fredericksburg.  test test test test
Members and coaches of Liberty's Hunter Seat equestrian team pose with Bob Cacchione, the IHSA's Executive Director, who was on hand to see the Flames clinch their first regional championship, Sunday in Fredericksburg.

In its first season competing in Region 4, Liberty University's Hunter Seat equestrian team clinched its first-ever regular-season championship over the weekend at shows hosted by the University of Mary Washington. Senior captain Elizabeth Chenelle captured the Cacchione Cup championship as the region's high-point scoring rider for the entire season, giving her a bye past the Zone 4 competition and making her Liberty's first rider to qualify for the 50th annual IHSA Collegiate National Championships, held May 4-7, Kentucky Derby weekend, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

Saturday's blue ribbon winners were (from left) Katelyn Tyler, Mallory Zodda, Amber Gayheart, Emily Chafins, Kendall Burdette, and Ryan Wambolt

Liberty maintained a small lead going into the season's final two weekends and built on it in the first three of its final four shows, running its regular-season winning streak to seven in Saturday's first event in Fredericksburg, Va.

Sunday's show went to the final class before Liberty slipped a point behind the College of William & Mary for its first defeat of the regular season. Liberty, which finished first in the overall team standings ahead of runner-up Mary Washington, will receive its Regional Champion team ribbon at this Saturday's Regional Finals in Richmond, where it will be represented by Chenelle and sophomore Morgan Faber.

In addition to Chenelle, big winners for Liberty on the final weekend included sophomores Ryan Wambolt and Kendall Burdette, who both won blue ribbons for their third consecutive shows.

Sunday winners (from left) were Kendall Burdette, Alex Davies, Ryan Wambolt, Claire Gill, Liz Chenelle, and Hannah Peterson

Saturday's other blue-ribbon winners were junior Emily Chafins and freshmen Katelyn Tyler, Mallory Zodda, Amber Gayheart, and Bailey Boan, before freshman Alex Davies, sophomore Hannah Peterson, and junior Claire Gill joined Burdette, Wambolt, and Chenelle with first-place performances on Sunday.

By winning the region, Liberty qualified to send its complete team to the Zone 4 Championships hosted by St. Andrews (N.C.) University on April 1-2. It will enter one rider in each of eight divisions to compete against four other regional championship teams, with the top two advancing to the IHSA National Championships. Emory & Henry College, Goucher College, and East Carolina University also clinched their regions this past weekend to qualify for the Zone 4 Championships while the Central Virginia region features a tight three-team race between Bridgewater College, the University of Virginia, and Randolph College, which will be decided next weekend in Charlottesville.

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Schedule
Results
Oct 26, 3:00 PM - Ashland, VA
Equestrian at Randolph Macon College IHSA Horse Show
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SECS
Equestrian
at Randolph Macon College IHSA Horse Show
Oct 26, 3:00 PM - Ashland, VA

Equestrian
at Randolph Macon College IHSA Horse Show
Oct 27, 3:00 PM - Ashland, VA

Equestrian
at University of Richmond IHSA Horse Show
Nov 2, 10:00 AM - Ashland, VA

Equestrian
at University of Richmond IHSA Horse Show
Nov 3, 10:00 AM - Ashland, VA

Equestrian
at Virginia Commonwealth University IHSA Horse Show
Nov 9, 10:00 AM - Mechanicsville, VA

Full Schedule

Sep 29
Equestrian
at The College of William and Mary IHSA Show
1st Place tie

Sep 29
Equestrian
at St. Andrews Show
3rd Place Finish

Sep 28
Equestrian
at The College of William and Mary IHSA Show
1st Place tie

Sep 28
Equestrian
at Western
3rd Place Finish

Sep 28
Equestrian
at St. Andrews Show
3rd Place Finish

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