The team did not get the performance head coach Nicky Overgaard had hoped for coming into the IHSA competition.
The Minnesota, Crookston western equestrian team competed at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities home shows in Stillwater, Minn. Saturday and Sunday. The team did not get the performance head coach Nicky Overgaard had hoped for coming into the IHSA competition.
On Saturday, the team had a hard time adjusting to the University of Minnesota’s horses. The highest placings they were able to get were third-place showings from Amy Stadtherr (Fr., New Ulm, Minn.) and Caitlin Kelley (Jr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) in the Novice Division and from Alissa Hernandez (So., Savage, Minn.) in the Intermediate Division.
The Golden Eagles had a more positive showing on Sunday as the big win of the day came from Chloe Nelson (Fr., Little Falls, Minn.) in the Novice Division. In addition, Jenna Podnar (Jr., Luxemburg, Wis.) snagged a second-place finish in the Advanced Division while Kelley earned second place in the Novice Division giving her enough points to advance to the IHSA Regional Championships. Mitzi Marlin (Jr., Nowthen, Minn.) and Hernandez also gained enough points on Sunday to earn a spot in the Regional Championships. Karen Carpenedo (Sr., Bessemer, Mich.), Marlin, Amanda Guimont (Fr., Nowthen, Minn.) and Shannon Salm (So., Larsen, Wis.) all rode well Sunday, earning third-place finishes.
As a team, the Golden Eagles rode short without a rider in the beginner division, easily keeping UMC out of the running for team titles without full team points.
The Golden Eagles will wrap up the 2012-13 regular season with a home show on St., March 2 at the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC). The show will give the team a good warm up for the Regional Championships which UMC will host at UTOC March 3. Riding on their own hourses at home should give the team an advantage that they hope to capitalize on.