St. Andrews Western Team Wins Fourth Straight Regional Crown
St. Andrews Presbyterian College's Western Equestrian Team recently captured its fourth consecutive regional championship the regular-season title for western equestrians.
The regional championship won on Feb. 15 qualifies St. Andrews for the semifinals in Kentucky on March 20-22. St. Andrews will compete against six other teams from across the country for a berth in April's national championship.
St. Andrews won one of the three national semifinals a year ago.
Led by current IHSA National Open Horsemanship Champion rider Kelsey Moody, a sophomore from Woodstock, Ga., the team accumulated 235 points during the regular season, 29 points ahead of the next closest regional team.
"Again, I have an amazing group of riders," said Carla Wennberg, head western coach. "They work very hard and stay focused.I am very lucky as a coach to have the dedication."
A St. Andrew's rider won every class at Sunday's regional finals.
Eight riders qualified to compete as individuals in nine classes at the semifinals:
Kelsy Moody in open horsemanship and in reining, Kody Zaagman, a freshman from Prophetstown, Ill., in open horsemanship; Erica Hill, a sophomore from Laurinburg in advanced horsemanship; Kayla Hay, a junior from Hanover, Ind., in novice horsemanship; Tony Fernandez, a junior from Hollywood, Fla., in novice horsemanship; Chella Glennon, a junior from Roanoke, Va., in intermediate horsemanship; Jessica Gesel, a senior from Locust, in beginner horsemanship; and John Coppola, a senior from Bloomingdale, N.Y., in beginner horsemanship.
St. Andrews was High Point Team earning 36 points, and Virginia Tech was Reserve High Point Team earning 34 points.
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