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Rob Jacobs Qualifies for Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Finals

Laurinburg, NC, April 10, 2009 --( As a freshman one year ago, Rob Jacobs of St. Andrews Presbyterian College failed to qualify for any post-season competitions. This year, he has qualified for the national hunter seat finals in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

Last weekend, Jacobs competed at the IHSA Zone competition at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Va., taking top honors in his class – Novice Fences. The top two finishers in each class qualify for the national finals.

Jacobs was the only St. Andrews rider to qualify for the nationals. Jessica Gesel qualified as an alternate as the third-place finisher in Walk Trot.

“It’s very important to me especially since I was the only one to make it on the English side,” said Jacobs of his national qualification. “I think I can represent the school well.”

A sophomore politics major from Temple Hills, Md., Jacobs achieved the highest score of any rider among all fence competitors.

“It’s been a good season and a good semester,” he said. “The beginning of the season didn’t go as planned, but I was still able to get to regionals. I guess it’s been going well ever since.”

Jacobs also competed in the Novice Flat Class, finishing fifth overall.

The national finals will be April 25 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.


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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