Western team third at N.C. State; Hunt Seat eighth at Elon
November 2, 2014 | Raleigh, N.C.
Liberty University's Western riding team claimed three individual blue ribbons and placed third out of 10 teams at Saturday's and Sunday's IHSA equestrian show hosted by Martin Community College and North Carolina State.
On Sunday, Liberty's Hunt Seat riding team competed at a show hosted by Elon University where junior Courtney Kerns, the reserve high point rider at the Oct. 19 show hosted by High Point, placed second in Novice on the flat and second in Novice over fences to lead the Lady Flames.
"What a tremendous weekend, taking two teams to three shows," Liberty Head Coach Caroline Trexler said. "Our fabulous students rode for Jesus this weekend and all the glory belongs to the Lord. We couldn't be more proud of them."
In Saturday's Western competition, Liberty demonstrated excellent riding ability at all levels. Kaitlyn Quesinberry placed first in the Beginning class followed by Micah Armbrust in second; Kari Hicks finished first in Novice with Cassidy Smith coming in fourth place; Kayla Sims took third in Intermediate 2 followed closely by Bri Henry's fourth-place showing; Chelsea Cepeda finished fourth in Intermediate 1; and Avonlea Kisner placed fifth in Advanced.
On Sunday, Hicks repeated her first-place performance in Novice while Cepeda came in first in Intermediate 1 and Sims finished first in Intermediate 2. Meanwhile, Kisner rose to second in Advanced, Smith moved up to second in Novice, and Henry improved to third in Intermediate 2. Armbrust took third in Beginning followed by the fourth-place Quesinberry.
The Flames scored 71 points to place behind only St. Andrew's (139) and N.C. State (130).
In Sunday's competition at Elon, Liberty's Hunt Seat team finished eighth out of 11 teams overall to slip from fifth to sixth in the team standings after four shows.
Cassie Steptoe finished first in Novice Over Fences and fifth in Novice on the Flat and Elizabeth Chenelle placed second in Intermediate over fences and third in Intermediate on the flat to lead the Lady Flames. Morgan Murphy was second in Walk-Trot-Canter, Jordyn Tawney placed third in Beginner's Walk-Trot-Canter, and Leah Wright was fourth in Advanced Walk-Trot-Canter. Emma Grace Moore placed third in Novice over fences and sixth in Novice on the flat, Sarah Philbick placed third in Intermediate on the flat and sixth in Intermediate over fences, Kendall Carter placed fifth in Open over fences and sixth in Open on the flat and Mallory Walker was sixth in Walk-Trot-Canter.
While its Western team has completed its competition for the fall semester, Liberty's Hunt Seat team will return to Virginia Tech for a second show in Blacksburg this Saturday.