UMC Earns Reserve High Point Team


UMC Earns Reserve High Point Team Saturday in Pair of Home Shows at UTOC

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston hunt seat equestrian team hosted a pair of home shows Sat., Nov. 21 and Sun., Nov. 22 at the University Teaching and Outreach Center in Crookston, Minn. The Golden Eagles had a strong showing Saturday, earning Reserve High Point Team, as Selena Young (Fr., Plymouth, Minn./Equine Science) earned High Point Rider honors.

“Overall the show went well for the Golden Eagles,” said Head Coach Kayla Krueger. We had some up and downs with a handful of our riders but that’s how we improve. We are excited that competition has been so strong this year as riding against the best only makes us stronger.”

Saturday’s show opened with Monika Frame (So., Polson, Mont./Sports and Rec Management) earning fourth place in her Open Equitation over Fences division. Emily Steeley (Sr., Portsmouth, R.I./Equine Science) finished fifth in Open Equitation over Fences. Young would win her division in Novice Equitation over Fences pointing her out into Intermediate Equitation over Fences. Marta Dean (Fr., White Bear Lake, Minn./Agricultural Business) would find her rhythm to win her class in Novice Equitation over Fences. Rhiannon Nicoll (So., Rice, Minn./Animal Science) also competed in the same class as Dean and finished third overall.

In the flat portion, Anna Ojczyk (So., White Bear Lake, Minn./Health Science) and Frame rode against each other in Open Equitation on the Flat. Ojczyk finished third while Frame place fourth. Nicoll rode to a well-deserved second place finish in a tough Intermediate Equitation on the Flat class. Karcyn Pleune (Jr., Borup, Minn./Equine Science) placed fourth in her section of Novice Equitation on the Flat. Young would finish a strong day with a second-place finish in her Novice Equitation on the Flat class. Amanda Clary (Fr., Salinas, Calif./Equine Science) and Julianna Langlois (Fr., Hermantown, Minn./Equine Science) rode against each other in their section of Advanced Walk Trot Canter, Clary finished second and Langlois finished right behind her in third.

Sunday’s competition proved to be a bit more challenging for the riders. Young and Mazie Pini (Fr., Grayslake, Ill./Management)rode against each other in Intermediate Equitation over Fences. Young finished third and Pini fourth. Dean earned fourth place in her class of Novice Equitation over Fences. Ojczyk rode to a solid second-place finish in Open Equitation on the Flat on a challenging draw. Steeley took her class of Open Equitation on the Flat with a flawless ride. Dean would ride boldly to a third-place finish in her Novice Equitation on the Flat class. Young also rode confidently on a tough draw and came in second in her Novice Equitation on the Flat class. Megan Motter (Fr., Copperstown, N.D./Equine Science) had a beautiful ride in Advanced Walk Trot Canter to win the class. Marissa Mancillas (Fr., Brooksville, Fla./English) finished out the day with a well-deserved fourth-place finish in a large class of Walk Trot.

The Golden Eagles will not compete until February when they will host a show Sat., Feb. 27 at the University Teaching and Outreach Center.