BROOKINGS, S.D. – The University of Minnesota Crookston western equestrian team competed in NCEA matches against South Dakota State University and Delaware State University Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27 at DeHaan Equestrian Center in Brookings, S.D.
In Friday’s match against Delaware State, the Golden Eagles fell 7-1 to the Hornets.
In Horsemanship, Alyssa Evavold (Sr., Battle Lake, Minn.) put up a great ride against Kelsey McArthur but fell 72.5 to 72. In addition, Jordyn Newberg (Sr., Deer River, Minn.) had a closely contested match-up with Kersten Zehner, following 68.5 to 67.5.
In Reining, Rae Ann Michel (Sr., Monticello, Minn.) had a good ride and was close to upending Amber Van Sebrook, but fell 69.6 to 67.5. The Golden Eagles picked up a win in the Reining as Adrianne Schaunaman (Sr., Aberdeen, S.D.) picked up the 68-67.5 win over Jenna Waddington.
The Golden Eagles looked to bounce back Saturday against the Jackrabbits. Evavold had another strong ride in Horsemanship and picked up the 71.5-70.5 win over Kodi O’Boyle. Olivia Becker (Jr., Deer Park, Wis.) also had a strong showing as she earned the win 68.5-67.5 over Shelby Cochran.
The Jackrabbits controlled the Reining portion of the competition. In a match that didn’t count toward the final score, Michel beat Laura Munger, 69-67. Schaunaman was competitive, but fell 69.5-66.5 to Cassidy Gardiner.
The Golden Eagles will next compete in an IHSA show at North Dakota State University March 26 and March 27 in Fargo, N.D.