Minnesota Crookston Equestrian Competes in NCEA Show at SDSU and IHSA Shows at NDSU

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UMC Golden Eagles Head Coah Kayla Krueger

Minnesota Crookston Equestrian Competes in NCEA Show at SDSU and IHSA Shows at NDSU

FARGO, N.D. – The University of Minnesota Crookston equestrian teams competed last weekend at a NCEA (National Collegiate Equestrian Association) match at South Dakota State University. In addition, the Golden Eagle western equestrian team rode in a pair of shows at North Dakota State University Sat., Nov. 11 and Sun., Nov. 12 in Fargo, N.D. The weekend was highlighted by Katelynn Robertson (Sr., Roseau, Minn.) earning High Point Rider for Saturday’s show.

On Friday at SDSU, the Golden Eagles fell 18-2 to South Dakota State, but still had some impressive goes. The western squad led the day with some very close scores. In Horsemanship, Robertson scored a 71 on her pattern, but fell in a close match 72.5-71. Katie Warner (Sr., Warba, Minn.) had a strong ride as well, scoring 70, with her opponent tallying 71.5. Madeline Drayna (So., Milaca, Minn.) won her point scoring a 68 over her opponents 61.

In the reining, Robertson scored a 67 on her pattern falling just shy of her opponent’s 68. Drayna also had a solid round scoring a 67 but falling to her SDSU opponents score of 68.

In Equitation over Fences, Selena Young (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.) won her point scoring a 72 on her course. Rachel Johnson (Fr., Stillwater, Minn.) also had a strong ride, scoring a 72. However, she fell short to SDSU’s 78.

In Equitation on the Flat, Johnson made her debut scoring a 67, but she would fall short to her opponent’s 75.

“Overall I was happy with everyone’s rides,” said Head Coach Kayla Krueger. “The first NCEA match of the year is always a challenge especially for our newcomers, however I foresee a much more confident future for many of these riders when we return to SDSU in the Spring.”

On Saturday at NDSU, both Robertson and Warner had great rides in the Reining. Robertson won her class, while Warner took third. In Open Horsemanship, Robertson took third in her section and Warner also took third in her section. Whitney Fenna (Jr., Foley, Minn.) had a solid go in Advanced Horsemanship finishing third. In Novice, Drayna took sixth, Skyla Knudtson (Jr., Blooming Prairie, Minn.) fifth, EmmaRae Nelson (So., Thief River Falls, Minn.) fifth, Sadie Bingham (Fr., Gary, S.D.) sixth and Whitney Weidenborner (So., Bemidji, Minn.) fifth. In Intermediate, Shayla Marthaler (So., Osakis, Minn.) had a confident ride to win her section and point out into Intermediate. Alyssa Evavold (Fr., Battle Lake, Minn.) continued on her hot streak by winning her section of Intermediate. Jayde Proffitt (So., Winsted, Minn.) took third, while RaeAnn Michael (Fr., Monticello, Minn.) and Jordyn Newberg (Fr., Deer River, Minn.) placed fifth.

Megan Doughty (So., Hackensack, Minn.) wrapped up the day by finishing sixth in a very class class of Walk Trot. Robertson would wrap up the day by taking High Point Rider honors.

On Sunday, Warner finished fourth in the Reining, while Robertson ended the day just shy of the placings. In Open Horsemanship, Warner finished third on the day, while Robertson placed second. In Advanced Horsemanship, Fenna placed fifth. In Novice, Drayna led the way with a third-place finish, while Nelson took fourth and Weidenborner and Bingham both placed sixth in their classes. In Intermediate, Michel paced the Golden Eagles with her best ride as a freshman, as she took second. Proffitt finished third in her class, while Newberg and Evavold took fourth in their respective classes.

Doughty wrapped up the day by finishing a confident third in another large class of Walk Trot.

“The Golden Eagle riders experienced a handful of ups and downs during our showing at NDSU however it allowed us the opportunity to pin point our weaknesses so that we can arrive at UWRF stronger than ever,” Krueger said. “Most of all I am impressed with our teams younger riders. They push hard in practice and are growing stronger each competition.”

Minnesota Crookston will return to action Dec. 2 and 3 at University of Wisconsin-River Falls at 1 p.m. and 9 a.m.

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Very cool!