Four Lady Flames ride to first-place finishes at High Point
October 19, 2014 | High Point, N.C.
Liberty University's equestrian team reaped four blue ribbons and junior Courtney Kerns was named the reserve high point rider at this past weekend's Hunt Seat show hosted by High Point University.
"We had an awesome show," Lady Flames Head Coach Caroline Trexler said. "Courtney's new to the team and had not shown for us previously. She really did an exceptional job."
Liberty tied with UNC Greensboro for fourth place out of 11 teams, trailing only overall champion Averett, Virginia Tech, and High Point.
|Courtney Kerns, competing in her first show for the Lady Flames, was the reserve high point rider at High Point.|
Individually, besides Kerns who finished first in novice over fences and second in novice on the flat, the Lady Flames received first-place performances from freshman Sarah Philbrick in intermediate on the flat, senior Emma Grace Moore in novice over fences, and sophomore Cassandra Steptoe in novice on the flat.
Trexler credited Hunt Seat coach Lori Matthews for bringing the best out of the Lady Flames' riders. "The students not only rode well, but she encouraged them to be teammates and team players. They truly did a phenomenal job from a helping capacity and an encouraging capacity."
Sophomore Elizabeth Chenelle placed second in intermediate on the flat and intermediate over fences while freshman Leah Wright took second in advanced walk, trot, canter as did Morgan Murphy in the open division. Junior Mallory Walker placed third in advanced walk, trot, canter, as did junior Jordyn Tawney in the beginner category.
Philbrick also placed third in intermediate over fences and Moore finished fourth in intermediate on the flat while sophomore Kendall Carter was fourth in open on the flat. Junior Christa Shive finished fifth in novice on the flat while freshman Lauren Bunnell took fifth in novice over fences and junior Brittany Kimmel was sixth in novice on the flat.
For the first time, Liberty's Equestrian Center provided five of its horses for use in the show.
"It was their first show and for as little experience as they've had, they did an excellent job of showing and riding," Trexler said. "It was a lot to get used to, taking them to another environment, and people were very pleased with them. The students did a great job helping with the horses during the day, helping to hold them and managing that component."
Liberty's Western team will be co-hosting a show at Campbell (N.C.) on Jan. 31, when it will again offer some of the university's horses. Next Friday and Saturday, the Western team will travel to North Carolina State for a two-day event.
The Lady Flames' Hunt Seat team will next compete at Elon (N.C.) on Nov. 2.