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So Much More Than a Diploma

Written by Joe Cicchetto

In the August 2021 issue of The Plaid Horse, St. Andrews University was featured with an article titled So Much More Than a Diploma.  The article discusses 50 years of excellence with horses on campus, and how St. Andrews University continues to be a leader in equestrian studies and show ring performance.

Excerpts from the article:

“Celebrating over 50 years of horses on campus, the college has been a leader in equestrian studies and show ring performance. St, Andrews has been six-time American National Riding Commission (ANRC) Intercollegiate national champions, and two-time reserve champions. With their IHSA teams, they’ve been national qualifiers 8 times in hunt seat and nine times in western with 2 IHSA national western championships and reserve national championships in the trophy case. Not to be outshone, their dressage team has qualified for IDA nationals 13 times.”

“At the forefront of St. Andrews Equestrian Studies is Peggy McElveen, director of the equestrian program, who has been with the university for the last 20 years. Honored with the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association prestigious Pioneer Award in 2012 and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, she has been involved in collegiate riding since the 1970s. Her decades of experience and commitment to students form the core of St. Andrews’ inclusive, hands-on learning environment.”

The article can be read online here.  The feature in the magazine can be viewed here.