“The first shows of the season were very successful and we are glad to have one under our belt,” said UMC head western coach Kayla Krueger.
The University of Minnesota Crookston western equestrian team opened up the 2013-14 season with a pair of home shows at the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) Saturday and Sunday in Crookston, Minn.
"The first shows of the season were very successful and we are glad to have one under our belt," said UMC head western coach Kayla Krueger. "Now that the season has gotten under way, we hit the ground running with our next competition taking place on Oct. 26 and 27 at the University of Minnesota. We are excited to go hard in practice and make the improvements that we need in order to give ourselves the edge over other teams."
The Golden Eagles opened up Saturday's show with two very competitive performances in the Reining and Open Horsemanship classes from Caitlin Kelley (Sr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Mitzi Marlin (Sr., Nowthen, Minn.). Marlin finished second in a very deep Open Horsemanship class and Kelley finished third in her Open Horsemanship class.
Newcomer Amberly Pesall (So., New Brighton, Minn.) finished her Advanced Horsemanship class with a well-deserved second place and Danielle Schelonka (Fr., Randall, Minn.), another first-year rider, came out and won her Intermediate II Horsemanship class.
Several other riders continued the strong showing for UMC in Saturday's show as returner Chloe Nelson (So., Little Falls, Minn.) took second in a very strong Novice Horsemanship division while Jenna Podnar (Sr., Luxemburg, Wis.) finished third in a deep Advanced Horsemanship class. Amy Stadtherr (So., New Ulm, Minn.) was also third in her Novice Horsemanship class.
"Overall, I was extremely happy with how the weekend went," Krueger said. "I could not have been happier with the rides that my team had and we were very excited to see what Sunday would bring."
The Golden Eagles started out Sunday with great performances as Kelley brought home a second-place ribbon in her Open Reining Division. In addition, returner Shannon Salm (Jr., Larsen, Minn./Equine Science) finished with a well-deserved third place in her Novice Horsemanship class. Nelson continued a solid Sunday for UMC in the ring as she rode very well in her Novice Horsemanship class to finish with another second-place performance.
Stadtherr pulled out another third-place finish in her Novice Horsemanship class. Newcomer Jenny Tack (Fr., St. Bonifacius, Minn.) rode very well in her competitive Intermediate II Horsemanship to finish in fourth place while newcomer Randi Bethel (Fr., Cedar, Minn.) came out to win her Beginning Horsemanship Division.