The St. Andrews American National Riding Commission team traveled to Cottonwood Farm in Vanceboro for the third Annual United States Hunter Jumper Association Horsemanship Competition.
The competition is a four-phase event that tests everything from a rider’s knowledge of the horse to their ability to memorize complex tests and execute those tests while mounted.
The St. Andrews ANRC team competed at the level two and three. Level three riders are Kimberly Graves, Katie Hansen, and Regina Barasch. Level two riders are Abigail Skillman, Alexandra Fullerton, and Keli Van Den Heuvel.
“This past weekend was a great opportunity for us to see where we are overall in our riding,” said Rob Jacobs, assistant ANRC coach. “ We were successful but will not get too comfortable; we will continue working hard and improving.”
Senior Katie Hansen aboard St. Andrews’ Good Fella had first place finishes in not only the Flat phase of the competition but also the Derby and Medal phase. Hansen was also sixth in the written phase and earned the level three champion ribbon.
Senior Kimberly Graves successfully navigated her horse Iliaque to earn third in the Flat phase and Written phase as well as two fifth place finishes in the Derby and Medal phases.
Sophomore Regina Barasch aboard her beloved Incognito placed second in the medal, third in the Derby, fifth in the written test, and sixth in the flat phase.
Abigail Skillman was Champion of the level two division aboard her mount Wallaby Way, earning first place ribbons in the Written, Derby, and Medal phases along with a second place in the Flat phase.
Junior Alexandra Fullerton and her mount Aitschy had a successful weekend placing second in the Derby, Written, and Medal phases along with a fifth place finish in the Flat phase to earn her Reserve Champion of the level two division.
Junior Keli Van Den Heuvel rode the ever-challenging Onyx to place fourth in the field phase and eighth in the Flat phase.
“Onyx and I were really tested to see where we are as a team this weekend,” said Van Den Heuvel. “I learned that we have some gaps in our work that showed up when we were away from home. It was a good eye opener for us, and it gives us something to work towards getting better for ANRC. I am also extremely grateful for the teammates and coaches I have. They helped and supported me through the tricky time I had with Onyx. I don’t know what I would have done without them!”
The ANRC team will continue practicing for their national competition held in mid-April at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md.