The Minnesota Crookston hunt seat equestrian team claimed its second straight IHSA Regional Championship last weekend, and will advance as a team to the IHSA Zone 7 Championships at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Tex. in April.

The Golden Eagles advanced to the Zone Championships for the second straight season.

UMC ended the regular season by claiming a High Point Team title during Friday’s home show. In addition to the team, Kayley Melton (So.) claimed the Cacchione Cup, awarded to the top Open Flat and Open Fences rider, for the region and will represent the team at the Zone Championships.

The Golden Eagles will be represented at Zones individually by Rachel Johnson (Jr.) and Melton in Open Fences, Taylor Barlage (So.) in Limit Fences, Melton and Johnson in Open Flat, Morgan Schelske (So.) in Intermediate Flat, Kristina Schroeder (Sr.) in Limit Flat and Anna Woidyla (So.) in Walk/Trot/Canter.

Friday’s show began with Johnson taking second and Melton taking third in Open Fences. In Intermediate Fences, Schelske was second with Barlage right behind her in third. In Limit Fences, Katherine Buttolph (So.) and Schroeder each placed second in their sections, and Amanda Olson placed third.

In Open Flat, Johnson paced Minnesota Crookston by placing second. Schelske and Melton took third in their sections. In Intermediate Flat, Schroeder took fifth for the Golden Eagles.

In Limit Flat, Buttolph finished first in her section. Avery Dobrzelecki  (Fr.) finished third, as did Barlage. Katie Orth (So.) finished fourth in Limit Flat, while Olson and Sarah Cartier (Jr. each placed sixth.

In Novice Flat, Minnesota was propelled by Abigail Risovi (Fr.), who took first. In Pre-Novice Flat, Sophie Shoemaker (Fr.) and Rebecca Eicchorn each placed second, while Woidyla took fourth.

In Introductory Flat, Savea Zimmerman-Cameron (Fr.) placed third for the Golden Eagles.

On Saturday, Minnesota Crookston had a challenging start, as Wisconsin-River Falls made up a lot of ground in the points race in the region. However, the Golden Eagles rallied with multiple class wins, dominating the flat rounds and holding on to win the Regional Championship by four points.

The Golden Eagles started out strong in Open Fences on Saturday, as Melton earned a first-place ribbon. Johnson took fourth in Open Fences, while Schelske claimed sixth.

In Intermediate Fences, Barlage finished sixth for the Golden Eagles. In Limit Fences, Buttolph paced Minnesota Crookston with a third-place finish. Olson and Schroeder each took sixth in their sections of Limit Fences.

In Open Flat, Johnson had her best flat ride of the year in a deep class, earning a first-place ribbon. Melton finished third, while Schelske finished in fourth. In Intermediate Flat, Schroeder claimed first and Barlage placed third.

In Limit Flat, Dobrzelecki, Buttolph, and Orth all placed first in their seconds. Johnson and Cartier both placed second. In Novice Flat, Eicchorn placed second, while Risovi placed sixth.

In Pre-Novice Flat, Woidyla placed first, while Shoemaker took second. In Introductory Flat, Zimmerman-Cameron rounded out the day by taking first.

On Sunday, Johnson started out the day by placing first in Open Fences, while Melton took second, as both advance to IHSA Zones as individuals, as well as with the team. Melton took first in Open Flat, while Johnson placed second. Melton’s performance helped her become the region’s High Point Cacchione Cup Rider.

In Intermediate Fences, Schelske had a strong showing to place third. Barlage finished second in Limit Fences to advance to IHSA Zones.

Schelske placed second in Intermediate Flat to advance to IHSA Zones as an individual. In Limit Flat, Schroeder took to advance to zones as an individual. Barlage placed fourth, while Cartier took fifth.

In Walk/Trot, Woidyla placed second and advance to IHSA Zones as an individual. Olson finished fourth in Walk/Trot/Canter, while Orth just missed placings.

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