NDSU equestrian teams take top regional honors

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NDSU's hunt seat team wins its first regional high-point team title. Pictured are (from left, front row): Rebecca Prasch, Mattia Gunkelman (coach), Bryn Halley; (middle row) Sarah Jilka, Kayla Young, Erin Thelander, Lauren Ciernia, Bridget Kackos, Hailey Aagard, Morgan Samuelson, Samantha Stoel; (back row) Kara Berntson, Dana Williams, Madysen Offerman, Nick Scarberry and Emma Ballard. (NDSU photo)

NDSU Equestrian Teams Take Top Regional Honors

(March 22, 2017) – NDSU’s western and hunt seat equestrian teams finished the 2016-17 season as high-point Zone 7 Region 3 teams. They earned the most team points in the region during the season.

In addition, Rebecca Prasch, a member of the hunt seat team, was

NDSU hunt seat rider Rebecca Prasch competes in the open flat class. (NDSU photo)

named the Zone 7, Region 3 Cacchione Cup Rider. She accumulated the most individual points throughout the season in open over fences and open flat events.

As a result of these top finishes, the western team is sending riders to the State University of New York at Oswego to compete against other high-point teams from throughout the U.S. on March 25-26. The hunt seat team is sending a team to compete at Black Dog Farms in Marion, Indiana, on April 9.

Prasch will travel to the national competition in Lexington, Kentucky, May 4-7 to compete against other regional cup riders.

Three riders from each team qualified individually to compete in these shows by placing first or second at regional competition at the University of Minnesota in February. Students who qualified and the events include:

Western

·      Madison Long, freshman, Rochester, Minnesota – open reining

·      Megan Haugen, senior, Larimore, North Dkota – novice horsemanship

·      Amelia Nichols, senior, Fargo – beginner horsemanship

Hunt seat

·      Prasch, senior, Lino Lakes, Minnesota – open over fences and open flat

NDSU hunt seat rider Kayla Young competes in the open over fences class. (NDSU photo)

·      Kayla Young, junior, Plymouth, Minnesota – open over fences and open flat

·      Nick Scarberry, senior, Fargo, novice over fences

“This year’s team has been outstanding,” said equestrian team coach Tara Swanson. “The athletes have been dedicated to being successful and have put in a tremendous amount of time and hard work to earn these high-point team awards. Each member of the team brings something unique to the table and makes the team better. I am excited to see each of the qualified members thrive in postseason competition.”

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