NEO equestrian named High Point Team at Truman State show

NEO equestrian named High Point Team at Truman State show
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NEO equestrian named High Point Team at Truman State show

Miami, Oklahoma – Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 – The equestrian team from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) traveled to Kirksville, Mo. Sept. 28-29 to compete at Truman State University against nine other zone seven, region five teams. Despite rainy weather in an outdoor arena, NEO took Reserve High Point Team Saturday and High Point Team Sunday, beating Blackhawk College by two points.

NEO’s open rider, Mandie House, was the Reserve High Point rider both days of competition. High point rider and reserve is determined for open riders through a combination of placing in reining and horsemanship. House is a sophomore on the equestrian team and is working toward getting in the physical therapy assistant program.

Sophomore rider Chelsea Landes qualified for Regionals, only needing one more point on Saturday to point up to novice from intermediate II. Landes will compete in the regional competition that takes place at the end of the regular season in March. With each placing, riders accumulate points working toward a total that qualifies them for Regionals and moves them up a division in which to compete.

Several freshmen took first place both days. Beginner rider, Mackenzie Baxter, won first place in her class Saturday and Sunday. Beginner riders have little to no experience in riding competitions and compete only at the walk and jog.

“We had some good success this weekend. Our team goals include taking High Point Team honors each weekend of competition, and that’s what we did,” said Chelsie Huseman, equestrian coach.

Last year NEO ended up Reserve High Point Team for the region overall. They are in the hunt this year for the regional High Point Team, which would qualify them for the National Semi Finals.

The equestrian team’s next competition is their very first show hosted at home on Saturday, Oct. 26th.

“The show is open to the public at the NEO indoor arena, and we hope everyone will come out to support us, and see how this unique type of competition works,” Huseman said.

The weekend’s results are as follows:

Open:
Mandie House-Sat. 3rd reining, 3rd horsemanship; Sun. 4th reining, 2nd horsemanship

Advanced:
Bailey Forester-Sat. 3rd; Sun. 1st
Brookelynn Baber-Sat. 3rd; Sun. 5th

Novice:
Evie Gates-Sat. 4th; Sun. 6th
Chelsea Landes-Sun. 3rd

Intermediate II:
Chelsea Landes-Sat. 3rd
Sydney Reynolds-Sat. 2nd; Sun. 1st
Emily Rice-Sun. 1st
Amber Thibodeaux-Sat. 4th
Taylor Clark-Sat. 6th
Britani Disanti-Sat. 3rd; Sun. 6th
Whitney Force-Sat. 6th
Katie Weldon-Sun. 5th
Emily Akins-Sun. 5th

Beginner:
Mackenzie Baxter-Sat. 1st; Sun. 1st
Abby Pate-Sat. 2nd; Sun. 5th

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