UMC Hunt Seat Equestrian Takes Home High Point Team Honors at U of M Sunday

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UMC Hunt Seat Equestrian Takes Home High Point Team Honors at U of M Sunday

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston hunt seat equestrian traveled to a pair of home shows at the University of Minnesota last weekend. Their weekend was highlighted by earning High Point Team honors during Sunday’s show.

Saturday, the Golden Eagles had challenging draws and several costly mistakes. It would however start out strong as Mazie Pini (So., Grayslake, Ill.) would win the class of Open Equitation over Fences. From there though it got challenging. Selena Young (So., Plymouth, Minn.) would finish a solid fourth in a competitive class of Intermediate Equitation over Fences, allowing her to point up into the Open class. Megan Motter (So., Cooperstown, N.D.) earned third in her large section of Novice Fences.

Pini would take fifth in Open Equitation on the Flat with Monika Frame (Jr., Polson, Mont.) coming in right behind her in sixth. Young would finish third in her class of Intermediate Flat. Rhiannon Nicoll (Jr., Rice, Minn.) would take second in her section of Intermediate Equitation on the Flat. Julianna Langlois (So., Hermantown, Minn.) was fourth in her section of Novice Flat, while Emma Orndorf (Fr., Minneapolis, Minn.) followed in fifth. Emma Howey (So., Rutland, N.D.) would take third in her section of Beginner Walk Trot Canter. Kristina Schroeder (Fr., Mankato, Minn.) followed right behind Howey with a fourth-place finish in her section of Beginner Walk Trot Canter. Lastly, Megan Doughty (Fr., Hackensack, Minn.) was fifth in her section of Walk Trot.

After a tough Saturday, UMC was determined to rebound on Sunday as the riders kept their heads high determined to come into Sunday’s competition stronger and more prepared.

Young would open up Sunday with a third-place finish in Open Equitation over Fences in her first round in the class. Frame would take sixth on a challenging horse. Nicoll had a flawless go in a very deep class of Intermediate Fences to win the class. Motter also had a strong rider in her section of Novice Fences to finish third.

Frame and Pini finished back-to-back in Open Flat with Frame pulling fourth and Pini fifth. Young had a beautiful ride on a very tricky horse to finish second in a competitive Intermediate Flat class. Motter also had a flawless ride within her section of Novice Flat to bring home another win. Orndorf had one of her best Novice Flat rides yet finishing with a confident second-place finish on a challenging horse. Howey would have a solid go in the Beginner Walk Trot Canter class finishing fourth. To round out the day Doughty found her stride to bring home a well-deserved win in her section of Walk Trot.

Minnesota Crookston will host a pair of home shows Nov. 19 and 20.