LAURINBURG – St. Andrews hosted the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Semi-Finals with its Western team placing first with 36 points.
“To have so many great colleges represented here on our campus was amazing,” said Carla Wennberg, St. Andrews western coach. “Our students were great hosts.”
The competition started out with Mark Mowbray from Rhodesdale, MD, winning the Individual Open Reining class.
Then the Intermediate Team Horsemanship was won by Jordan Belanger from King.
Team Novice Horsemanship was won by Janelle Petruska from Gastonia.
Steven Dennis from Atlanta, won Individual Beginner Horsemanship while Angela Bradford from Brunswick, GA, won Team Beginner Horsemanship.
Janelle Petruska placed first in Individual Intermediate Horsemanship. While Dillon Vaughn won Individual Novice Horsemanship.
Placing first in Individual Open Horsemanship was Gena Ulveie from Norway.
“It was great to see everyone have a great day and to be so prepared mentally and physically. It just doesn’t get any better,” praised Wennberg.
St. Andrews competed against 30 colleges from across the country including Clemson University, Lander University, Middle Tennessee State University and West Virginia University, among others.
“My riders were prepared and all of their hard work came together at the right time,” said Wennberg.
St. Andrews will advance to nationals to defend their national title in May in Lexington, KY.
For more information about the Equestrian Program at St. Andrews, visit their website at www.sa.edu or find us on Facebook.
Misty McMillan is the St. Andrews University director of communications.