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April 26, 2002

UW-RF Horsemanship Teams Ready for National Contest

By Katie Vangsness
UW-RF News Bureau

UW-River Falls hosted the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 6 Championships April 13-14 at campus Laboratory Farm 1. The UW-RF English team finished fourth behind the University of Findlay, Ohio State University and Purdue University, and qualified two individuals for the national competition.

The UW-RF Western team qualified for the nationals, placing third behind Findlay and Ohio State, and qualified one rider to represent the zone as an individual. The nationals will be held in New York on May 3-5.

Aubrey Hunt, a sophomore from Crystal Lake, Ill., majoring in animal science, placed second in hunt seat equitation over fences in the open category, and Sarah Myhre, a freshman from Decorah, Iowa, majoring in animal science, won the novice hunt seat over fences class.

Heather Reichert, a freshman from Marshfield majoring in animal science, qualified by winning the open Western horsemanship class.

According to animal science Assistant Professor Peter Rayne, who is the English team coach, both the UW-RF English and Western teams advanced to the zone competition by capturing Region 4 championships. A team becomes a regional champion by accumulating the most points over 10 shows. Individuals placing first through sixth place are awarded points based on their place. UW-RF sent teams, individuals and coaches to each show, as did the nine other colleges in the region.

Riders from five states competed in the regional competition, and riders from 10 states competed in the zone competition. Winners from the zone competition compete in the nationals, to be held in New York May 3-5.

The Western team includes Trisha Keller, a sophomore from Palmyra majoring in animal science; Jenny Delange, a sophomore from River Falls majoring in animal science; Andrea Nelson, a freshman from Galesville majoring in animal science with an equine emphasis; Amanda Arndt, a freshman from Prescott majoring in animal science with an equine emphasis; and Martine Bredl, a sophomore from Stratford majoring in dairy science. For the zone competition, Reichert substituted for Delange.

The English Team includes Hunt; Myhre; Adam Glas, a sophomore from Union Grove majoring in horticulture landscape design; Rhea Bretl, a sophomore from Appleton majoring in animal science; Sondra Loos, a freshman from West Bend majoring in pre-major social/science; and April Berkheimer, a junior from River Falls majoring in animal science with an equine production emphasis.

Competing individually are Birkheimer; Del ange, Myrhe; Hunt; Reichert; and Becky Moeller, a sophomore from Shoreview, Minn., majoring in animal science.

Hunt, a member of the English Team, is regional high point competitor. She will represent zone 6, region 4 at the national competition in New York, where she will compete for the Cachione Cup, a prestigious Intercollegiate Horse Show Association award.

Said Rayne, "These individuals and teams are poised to succeed and move on to the national competition because of many hours of hard work and a commitment to achieving excellence by all of the IHSA members."

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