The Sacred Heart equestrian team wrapped up their final IHSA horse show of the season with a first place finish and now turn their focus to the National Championships in May. The Pioneers took home first place as a team at the University of Connecticut IHSA show in early March, their first high point win for the team this year.
Freshman Ali Normandeau led the way finishing first over fences and first on the flat. She qualified for the ride-off for high point rider of the day and in the end took home reserve high point rider helping key the team's win. Other contributors to the high point score were sophomore Meagan Korolyshun with a second place finish in novice flat and junior Abbie Britton who finished second in open fences.
As the season winds down, SHU features some riders who have qualified for the Zone 1 Region 3 competitions. Sophomore Devan Beaulieu and junior Brian Buchanan qualified in intermediate flat and fences. Junior Abbie Britton qualified for open fences while senior Julie Law qualified for intermediate fences. Sophomore Meagan Korolyshun qualified for advanced walk-trot-canter. Another highlight for the team was that both senior members, Julie Law and Janel Beauregaurd qualified for their respective regionals.
On March 11th, sophomore Molly-Kate Carven, qualified for Western Semi Finals in Springfield, Missouri. She will be traveling to Missouri along with fellow teammate junior Alyssa Woronik. Carven qualified for Intermediate Horsemanship and Woronik qualified for Novice Horsemanship. The pair must come in the top-four of their class in order to move on to IHSA National Championships in May.