NDSU Riders named reserve high-point team
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
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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