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NDSU Riders named reserve high-point team

Members of NDSU's equestrian team display the ribbons they received at the Zone 7 Region 3 semifinal competition in Texas. Pictured (from left) are team members Janna Rice, Cami Slaubaugh, Hailey Aagard and Ashley Lindell, and coach Tara Swanson. Courtesy photo

North Dakota State University's equestrian team finished its regular show season as the Zone 7 Region 3 reserve high-point team.

"I am extremely pleased with the team's performance this year," says Tara Swanson, the team's coach. "We had a fairly young and inexperienced team, but they showed remarkable growth throughout the course of the year."

Four members of the team participated in the Zone 7 Region 3 semifinal competition March 29-30 at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. They competed in preliminary rounds March 29, and all four advanced to the finals the following day.

NDSU team members and their placings at semifinals were:

Hailey Aagard, a junior from Wadena, Minn. – first in beginner horsemanship

Janna Rice, a junior from Maddock – third in advanced horsemanship

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Ashley Lindell, a senior from Solway, Minn. – seventh in open horsemanship, honorable mention in reining

Cami Slaubaugh, a junior from Wolford, Minn. – seventh in intermediate horsemanship

Rice and Aagard will advance to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association's National Horse Show in early May in Harrisburg, Pa.

The four team members earned their spots at the semifinals by placing first or second at the Zone 7 Region 3 regional championships held at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on March 2.

Teams are assigned randomly to one of the three semifinals. Each individual class has 18 qualified riders.

"The semifinals riders fought hard to gain their spots in the placings against tough competition," Swanson says. "These individuals showed poise, determination and a tremendous amount of talent in their rides, and I couldn't be more proud of them."

–NDSU Ag Communications

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