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Fourteen Equestrian Teams to Compete at St. Andrews Equestrian Center on Friday

Laurinburg, NC, February 07, 2009 --( Fourteen Equestrian Teams To Compete At St. Andrews Equestrian Center On Friday

Fourteen equestrian teams will enter riders in 36 classes in Friday’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association hunter seat event hosted by St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

The one-day event will be held from 10 a.m. until about 5 p.m. Friday. It is free and open the public.

Meanwhile, the St. Andrews Western Team travels to Martin Community College in Williamston for competition on Saturday and Sunday.

St. Andrews is entering 20 different riders for Friday’s hunter seat competition.

Judges watch to see how the rider’s position affects the way the horse is going. Riders are subject to the luck of the draw with horses drawn only 30 minutes prior to competing. Riders do not get the opportunity to practice with their horses; this is called “catch riding” in equestrian circles. Riders are thus challenged to ride many different horses well.

Kelsi Peterson, a senior psychology major from Colorado Springs, Colo., leads the St. Andrews hunter seat team with a top five standing in the current competition for the 2009 Cacchione Cup. The St. Andrews team is also currently in the top five for the season’s team standings.

Other teams competing on Friday are Appalachian State University, Duke University, East Carolina University, Elon University, North Carolina A&T University, N.C. State University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, Virginia Tech, Virginia Intermont, Western Carolina University, and Wake Forest University.

Most of the teams will arrive Thursday, staying at area motels and visiting area restaurants.

For more information, call the St. Andrews Equestrian Center at 276-7771.


About St. Andrews Presbyterian College
An innovative and bold academic venture to an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship have marked the distinctive character of St. Andrews. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE. St. Andrews was formed by the merger on Aug. 29, 1958, of Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to

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