Motter Claims High Point Rider as Golden Eagles Earn Top Team Honors Sunday at Wisconsin-River Falls


Motter Claims High Point Rider as Golden Eagles Earn Top Team Honors Sunday at Wisconsin-River Falls

RIVER FALLS, Wis. – The University of Minnesota Crookston hunt seat equestrian team competed in a pair of shows at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Sat., Nov. 18 and Sun., Nov. 19. The Golden Eagles dominated the show Sunday as they took home High Point Team honors, while Megan Motter earned High Point Rider, followed closely behind by Ellie Waagen Reserve High Point Rider. Saturday, Minnesota Crookston finished tied for Reserve High Point Team.

The Golden Eagles opened up Saturday’s show in River Falls, Wis., with Monika Frame, Selena Young and Mazie Pini riding in Open Equitation over Fences. Frame finished third with Pini following close behind in fourth in the same section. Young placed third in the second section.

Motter finished in second in Intermediate Equitation over Fences, while Waagen took fifth in Novice Fences.

In Open Equitation on the Flat, Pini finished third in her section with Frame taking second in hers. Motter took home yet another win in Intermediate Flat on the season. Melissa Eastman finished in second in Novice Equitation on the Flat, while Kristina Schroeder took fifth.

In Walk/Trot/Canter, Emma Howey, Sierra Coons and Sarah Cartier all took third in their sections. Megan Doughty finished fourth. Amanda Olson wrapped up the day by finishing fourth in Walk/Trot Equitation.

The Golden Eagles built off the high points of Saturday’s show and put together an even stronger day Sunday. Johnson opened the day by claiming second place in a large Open Fences class. Motter continued on her hot streak as brought home the win in Intermediate Fences. Waagen, a freshman, found her stride in Novice Fences with one of her best rides of the season while competing in a large class.

In Open Flat, Johnson claimed fourth, while Motter picked up another high placing as she pocketed second-place in Intermediate Flat. Waagen placed third in her section of Novice Flat, while Eastman took fourth. In Walk/Trot/Canter, Coons took second, Cartier third and Doughty and Howey both claimed fourth in their sections. Olson rounded out the day with a solid second-place finish in Walk/Trot.

“Confident rides and not ‘over-thinking’ their horses allowed the eagle riders to pilot their horses to top placings,” said Head Coach Kayla Krueger. “This is something we have been working on all semester and is really starting to click with the team as a whole. This team will certainly be one to watch in the Spring semester. We have our eyes set on a Regional team title and plan to give it everything we have to achieve it.”

Minnesota Crookston returns to action in February as they head University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Feb. 10 and 11.