After a successful Semi-Finals in Utah, team SAU packed up and headed to Syracuse, NY for the 2019 IHSA National Championship Show. After checking in, meeting lots of new people and cheering on our teammate Sam in her individual Hunter seat class, it was time for me to get dressed and get my game face on. After two rides, I ended up seventh in the nation in the Individual Open Horsemanship at my first IHSA Nationals! With my teammates, coaches and family there to cheer me on it was a great experience that I wouldn't trade for anything. After celebrating it was time to cheer on Gina (who placed seventh in the AQHA highpoint rider competition! You go girl!). It was a great show and a great experience, and I can't wait to see everyone next year in Syracuse!
In February 2019, Sarah Beth Felker was crowned the years SCQHA Queen, and she grew up with a love of showing Quarter Horses. Sarah Beth currently attends St. Andrews University working towards a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Equine studies, and she competes on her school’s IHSA Western and Hunt Seat teams. In her free time, Sarah Beth volunteers at the Ride Like a Knight therapeutic riding facility at her school where she assists children with developmental and physical disabilities through equine related activities and therapies.