The Minnesota Crookston western equestrian team was unable to advance at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Western Semifinals held March 23-24 in Morehead, Ky. Both Kaytlin Weiger (Sr., Duluth, Minn.) and Caitlin Kelley (Jr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) qualified for the Semifinals but were unable to advance.
The luck of the draw was not with the Golden Eagle riders during the IHSA Semifinals. Weiger had the first draw and was riding an aged Reining mare that was pretty wise to the show pen. Weiger had as nice of a ride as she could, but was unable to crack the top eight in Open Reining. Kelley drew a horse that was a bit less worldly about the IHSA Show ring, and she too had some trouble on the rail and then into the pattern. Unfortunately Kelly was unable to advance in the finals in the Novice Division.
“I am still very proud of how we rode up to the show and was still happy with both ladies rides regardless of how they ended up,” said UMC western equestrian coach Nicky Overgaard. “The girls displayed great maturity, and it just goes to show that no matter how hard you work, there is still that luck of the draw involved in the competition that sometimes can you led you to a an unfavorable ride. The experience for both riders was certainly disappointing, but again is just another feather in their hat that they did make it through a very tough Regional competition.”
Weiger’s career at UMC comes to a close at the IHSA semifinals while Kelly will have another year left of competition.