Golden Eagle Western Equestrian Opens Season with Home Meet


CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston western equestrian team opened their 2021-22 season with a home meet at the Charles H. Casey Equine Arena Saturday, October 23. The meet was over Homecoming for the UMN Crookston campus. Minnesota Crookston had several strong rides on the day including several second-place finishes and a first-place finish from Jenna Pedrow in Beginner Horsemanship section two.

North Dakota State University was the high point team, while University of Wisconsin-River Falls was the reserve high point team. The high point rider was NDSU’s Michaela Long, while Wisconsin-River Falls rider Libby Alders took second.

UMN Crookston started out the day with Olivia Becker (Sr., Deer Park, Wis.) taking second, and April Klecker (Sr., Amboy, Minn.) claiming third in Reining.

In Level II Ranch Riding, Tristyn Bair (Sr., Winnebago, Minn.) had a strong ride to take second, while Beatrice Streifel (Sr., Hawley, Minn.) finished sixth.

In Level I Horsemanship section one, Fahren Kolpack (So., Ontonagon, Mich.) took fifth. In section two, Ashton Wold (Jr., Devils Lake, N.D.) finished third.

In her Open Horsemanship section, Klecker took sixth for the Golden Eagles. In the second section, Belle Sand made a strong debut by finishing second. Becker took third.

In Rookie B Horsemanship, Eliza Freund (Fr., Cando, N.D.) had a strong debut by finishing third in her section. In section two, Zoey Haas (So., Farmington, Minn.) claimed fourth, while Savanna Weber (Sr., Silver Lake, Minn.) finished fifth.

In Level II Horsemanship, Streifel had a strong ride to finish third, while Bair took fourth.

In her Beginner Horsemanship section, Hannah Fitzsimmons (Jr., Barnum, Minn.) took fifth. In the other section, Pedrow took first for the Golden Eagles.

In Rookie A Horsemanship, Taylor Opitz (Fr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) made a great debut by placing second.

Minnesota Crookston will host their second meet of the weekend Sunday, October 24 at 9 a.m.