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Lady Flames Hunt Seat team fifth at IHSA Zone 4 finals in N.C.

April 8, 2017  |  Laurinburg, N.C. 

The seven members of Liberty's Hunt Seat team that competed at St. Andrew's display their fifth-place ribbons. test test test test
The seven members of Liberty's Hunt Seat team that competed at St. Andrew's display their fifth-place ribbons.

Despite individual wins in Intermediate Fences by freshman Amber Gayheart and in Walk Trot by junior Anna Davidson, Liberty University's Equestrian Hunt Seat team's season concluded with Saturday's fifth-place team showing at the IHSA Zone Championships, hosted by St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C. 

Amber Gayheart and Anna Davidson won blue ribbons at Saturday's show.

In a tight competition for the two teams to qualify for the May 4-7 IHSA National Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., Emory & Henry (38 points) edged out two-time defending champion Goucher College (37) for the team title. The Lady Flames collected 28 points to finish behind Randolph College (34) and East Carolina University (29), which had a bit of a home-ring advantage after riding in half of its regular-season shows at St. Lawrence.

Liberty senior captain Elizabeth Chenelle placed fourth in Open Flat to start the team competition before sophomore Kendall Burdette followed with a fifth-place showing in Intermediate Flat. Chenelle was unable to complete the course in Open Fences, eliminating her from point contention.

After capturing the blue ribbon in Intermediate Fences, Gayheart placed fourth in Novice Flat. Junior Zoe Leppke also finished fourth in Novice Fences, freshman Katelyn Tyler came in fourth in Walk, Trot, Canter, and Davidson concluded the day with her blue ribbon in Walk Trot. 

Individually, Chenelle and sophomore Morgan Faber, who placed 10th in Novice Fences and sixth in Novice Flat, did not qualify for nationals as only the first- and second-place riders advanced.   

Chenelle will, however, be Liberty's first representative at IHSA National Championships, competing in the Cacchione Cup competition as the Region 4 regular-season high-point open rider. 

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Schedule
Results
Feb 22, 9:00 AM - Martin Community College
at
Equestrian
Western
DAYS
HOURS
MINS
SECS
Equestrian
at Western
Feb 22, 9:00 AM - Martin Community College

Equestrian
at IHSA Zone 4 Region 4 Finals Horse Show at UMW
Feb 22, 10:00 AM - Fredericksburg, VA

Equestrian
at Western Regionals
Feb 23, 9:00 AM - Martin Community College

Equestrian
at Western Semi Finals
Mar 21, 9:00 AM - Martin Community College

Equestrian
at Hunt Seat Zones
Apr 4, 9:00 AM - St. Andrews University

Full Schedule

Feb 15
Equestrian
at University of Mary Washington IHSA Horse Show
3rd Place Finish

Feb 15
Equestrian
at Martin Community College/North Carolina State Univ
Tie for 4th

Feb 9
Equestrian
at Sweet Briar College IHSA Horse Show
1st place finish

Feb 8
Equestrian
vs. Hunt Seat
3rd Place Finish

Feb 1
Equestrian
at Western
3rd place finish

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