Senior Noelle Bianculli competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s National Championship in early May , becoming the first in program history to represent Sacred Heart on the national level in a western competition after earning Regional High Point Rider in February.
Competing among the Top 25 riders in the nation at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., Bianculli was in 17th place after phase one, but a costly error in the second phase, reining, dropped her down in the final standings.
In the same February competition where she punched her ticket to Nationals, Bianculli led SHU to its second straight Western Regional Championship. Along with a quartet of Pioneers, she then represented Sacred Heart at the National Western Individual Semifinals in March, where she qualified for the national championship by finishing in the Top 2 in the region. The team as a while took eighth at the semifinals.