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Western riders Reserve High Point champions at St. Andrews

February 18, 2018  |  Laurinburg, N.C. 

Liberty's Western qualifiers for the Zone 4 championships are (from left) Leah Ofalt, Brianna Bass, Erin Mays, Maddie Temple, and Anna Davidson. (Photo by Kaleigh Bryce) test test test test
Liberty's Western qualifiers for the Zone 4 championships are (from left) Leah Ofalt, Brianna Bass, Erin Mays, Maddie Temple, and Anna Davidson. (Photo by Kaleigh Bryce)

Riders from Liberty University's Western equestrian team finished as the Reserve High Point team to host St. Andrews University in Saturday's and Sunday's final Region 4 regular-season shows in Laurinburg, N.C.

The Lady Flames and Flames completed the regular season in third place in the overall Region 4 team standings behind St. Andrews, the defending Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) national champion, and runner-up North Carolina State University.

Individually, junior Amber Dixon placed first on both days in Intermediate 1 Horsemanship to lead the Lady Flames while senior Kaleigh Bryce finished first and second, respectively, in Novice Horsemanship and freshman Kara Wiley earned blue and red ribbons in Intermediate 2 Horsemanship.

Meanwhile, Liberty's Hunt Seat equestrian team was edged by Randolph-Macon College, 40-38, and Sweet Briar College in its final Region 4 regular-season show on Saturday and Sunday, hosted by Mary Washington University. Sweet Briar overtook the Lady Flames for first place in the final team standings, clinching the region's only team bid to the Zone 4 championships.

On Saturday, Liberty had first-place finishes from juniors Kendall Burdette (Open Flat) and Hannah Sensing (Intermediate Fences) and senior Claire Gill (Novice Flat). Sophomores Amber Gayheart (Open Fences), Olivia Kuban (Walk-Trot-Canter), and Sarah Reece (Walk-Trot); juniors Morgan Faber (Intermediate Flat) and Isabella Cruz (Intermediate Flat); senior Zoe Leppke (Novice Flat); and freshman Sasha Cox (Novice Flat), each placed second.

On Sunday, Reece earned first-place honors in Walk-Trot, Gayheart in Intermediate Flat, and Emily Chaffins in Walk-Trot-Canter, while sophomore Brooke Boan (Walk-Trot-Canter), Leppke (Novice Flat), Gayheart (Open Fences), and Gill (Novice Flat) came in second.

While Liberty's Hunt Seat team hosts the Region 4 individual championship this Saturday and Sunday at the Liberty Equestrian Center, five members of the Lady Flames' Western team will return to St. Andrew's for Sunday's Western regional championships — seniors Leah Ofalt and Anna Davidson, juniors Brianna Bass and Erin Mays, and sophomore Maddie Temple.

The top two riders in each division will advance to the Zone 4 semifinals hosted by West Virginia on March 17-18, with the top two finishers there qualifying for the May 3-6 IHSA National Championships in Harrisburg, Pa.

Ribbon winners from Saturday's and Sunday's shows at St. Andrews were (from left) Kara Wiley,
Kaleigh Bryce, Amber Dixon, Megan Brandt, Hannah Cole, Brianna Bass, and Ryan Wambolt

(Photo by Erin Mays)
 

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Schedule
Results
Sep 27, 10:00 AM - Toano, VA
Equestrian at IHSA Horse Show at the College of William & Mary
DAYS
HOURS
MINS
SECS
Equestrian
at IHSA Horse Show at the College of William & Mary
Sep 27, 10:00 AM - Toano, VA

Equestrian
at IHSA Horse Show at Virginia Commonwealth Universit
Oct 18, 10:00 AM - Mechanicsville, VA

Equestrian
at University of Richmond IHSA Show
Oct 31, 10:00 AM - Ashland, VA

Equestrian
at Randolph Macon College IHSA Show
Nov 7, 10:00 AM - Ashland, VA

Equestrian
at Christopher Newport University IHSA Show
Nov 21, 10:00 AM - Toano, VA

Full Schedule

Apr 4
Equestrian
at Hunt Seat Zones
CANCELLED

Mar 21
Equestrian
at Western Semi Finals
CANCELLED

Feb 23
Equestrian
at Western Regionals
2nd Place Finish

Feb 22
Equestrian
at IHSA Zone 4 Region 4 Finals Horse Show at UMW
4/6 girls advanced

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

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