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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • UMC Equestrian sends school-record 6 to zone championship after strong regional Sunday

  • The Golden Eagles closed out the competition as the Reserve High Point Team for Zone 7, Region 3.
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  • The Minnesota, Crookston hunt seat equestrian team had their final competition of the regular season Saturday at Wisconsin-River Falls. The Golden Eagles closed out the competition as the Reserve High Point Team for Zone 7, Region 3.
     
    UMC was led by exceptional rides in Saturday’s competition. Head Coach Brooke Leininger was very impressed with how the riders performed Saturday. Paige Clark (Fr., Andover, Minn.) and Sable Bettencourt (Fr., Cloquet, Minn.) claimed their last remaining points Saturday and qualified last minute for the Regional Championships Sunday. Jessica Charles (Sr., Belgrade Lakes, Maine) claimed the Individual High Point Rider title Saturday and the team finished second overall, ending the season remarkably well.
     
    At Sunday’s regional championships, which were also held on the campus of University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus, the Golden Eagles saw a record six riders move on to the Zone Finals, which will be helped on the campus of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Charles advanced in Intermediate Equitation Over Fences. Charles narrowly missed qualifying for the Zone Championships last season. In addition, Bettencourt and Denise Thompson (Jr., Rochester, N.Y.) qualified for Zones in Novice Equitation on the Flat. Hannah Nedrud (Jr., St. Louis Park, Minn.) and Annalee Sundin (Jr., Deer River, Minn.) move on to the Zone Championships in Walk Trot Canter and Clark moves on in Walk Trot. Sundin qualifies for the Zone Championships for the second-consecutive season.
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