Equestrian teams ride to strong showings at UR, St. Andrews
November 4, 2018 | Richmond, Va./Laurinburg, N.C.
Liberty University's Hunt Seat equestrian team received reserve champion honors for its second consecutive Region 4 show on Saturday, hosted by the University of Richmond at Haverhill Farm. The Lady Flames earned 36 points to place runner-up to Randolph Macon College (39 points) out of 10 teams in the field.
|Kendall Burdette (left) won the Open Flat competition and Amber Gayheart finished first in Open Fences.|
Liberty was led by senior Morgan Faber, who placed first in Intermediate Fences and second in Intermediate Flat. Lady Flames junior Amber Gayheart (Open Fences) and senior Kendall Burdett (Open Flat) also captured blue ribbons for first-place finishes.
Sophomore Brooke Boan (Novice Flat), freshmen Carly Woods-(Novice Fences) and Juliana Gorena (Walk-Trot-Canter), and Gayheart (Open Flat) also rode to third-place finishes. Gayheart is the current leader for Regional High Point Rider.
|Senior Morgan Faber finished first in Intermediate Fences and second in Intermediate Flat.|
"This was our best showing of the season and we are proud of the improvements our riders have made," Lady Flames Head Coach Suzanne Flaig said. "They are a competitive group and we look forward to rounding out the fall season at Christopher Newport University on Nov. 17."
Liberty's Western team, meanwhile, concluded its fall schedule with a two-day show at St. Andrews (N.C.), where the Lady Flames were led by junior Megan Brandt's blue ribbon in her Advanced Horsemanship class. Brandt qualified for the Western Region 4 Championships in the spring, when she will be promoted to the Open Horsemanship class.
Senior Amber Dixon received second-place honors in the Intermediate II class on Saturday before winning her class on Sunday to qualify for regionals, moving her up into the Novice Horsemanship division.
Senior Erin Mays rode to first- and second-place showings in her two Advanced Horsemanship class events to move closer to qualifying for the Open division.
Freshman Faith Dantona claimed her first blue ribbon in Sunday's collegiate Open level class. Junior Western captain Brianna Bass placed second and third over the weekend in Novice Horsemanship and sophomore Kara Wiley finished runner-up in her Intermediate II Horsemanship class.
"Our first day wasn't as strong as we would have liked but that gave us a little extra motivation coming into Sunday and we turned in much better rides," Western Head Coach Madeline Shrode said. "We have a lot to look forward to in the spring."