The U of M, Crookston equestrian team got off to a slow start this past weekend at the North Dakota State University Western IHSA Show as they struggled Saturday but they turned the tides Sunday, winning the Reserve High Point Team title and coming up with several first-place performances.
The Golden Eagles started off with a couple average performances in Saturday’s show as seniors Kaytlin Weiger (Sr., Duluth, Minn.) and Yahna Zastrow (Easton, Minn.) placed third in the Reining. Later in Saturday’s show, Amanda Guimont (Fr., Nowthen, Minn.) and Chloe Nelson (Fr., Little Falls, Minn.) secured third-place finishes in the Novice division while Alissa Hernandez (So., Savage, Minn.) took third in the Intermediate section.
The Sunday competition at NDSU was a different story as the Golden Eagles got off to a great start with senior captain Weiger winning the Reining and taking a second in the Open Horsemanship class which gave her enough points to garner the Reserve High Point Rider award for the day. UMC got two more big wins for the day as Guimont in the Novice and Paige Clark (Fr., Andover, Minn.) in the Beginner division were victorious. Hernandez earned a second place finish in the Intermediate division again, helping the team take home the Reserve High Point Team award for the overall Sunday competition.
Shannon Salm (So., Larsen, Wis.), Jenna Podnar (Jr., Luxemburg, Wis.) and Amanda Krueger (Sr., Aberdeen, S.D.) all earned all earned enough points through the weekend to point them up to their next divisions. This point up also earns them a trip to the Regional Finals Western horse show March 3 at the University Teaching and Outreach Center in Crookston.
The UMC Western Equestrian Team will not have a show until Feb. 16-17 when they head to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.