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NDSU Western Equestrian Team Earns Top Regional Award

The team is advancing to semifinal competition.

North Dakota State University’s Western equestrian team finished the regular competitive season at home by winning the high-point team award.

Nicole Anderson, an NDSU rider and freshman from Fergus Falls, Minn., also won the high-point rider competition at the event held Feb. 21 at the NDSU Equine Center.

NDSU won the overall high-point team title for 2014-2015 season, meaning it scored the most team points for the year in the region. This win earns the team a chance to compete in team competition at semifinals in Ohio on March 21-22.

NDSU riders who will be representing the team are:

  • Janna Rice, a senior from Maddock, reining
  • Nicole Anderson, a freshman from Fergus Falls, Minn., open horsemanship
  • Hannah Bucheger, a junior from Andover, Minn., advanced horsemanship
  • Blaine Novak, a senior from Fordville, novice horsemanship
  • Courtney Bolstad, a junior from Fergus Falls, intermediate horsemanship
  • Allee Lee, a sophomore from Lino Lakes, Minn., beginner horsemanship

NDSU also will have four individuals who earned a spot to compete in the individual class competitions at semifinals. These riders earned their spots by placing first or second in regional competition Feb. 22 at NDSU. The riders are:

  • Anderson, reining
  • Rice, open horsemanship
  • Angie Norwig, a sophomore from Hampton, Minn., intermediate horsemanship
  • Brogan Novak, a freshman from Fordville, beginner horsemanship

Anderson won the overall high-point rider title for the region at the Feb. 21-22 competition. This title earns her the opportunity to compete at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s National Horse Show in Massachusetts at the beginning of May.

“The team this year has a strong group of seniors who have led by example and pushed each team member to be their best,” says Tara Swanson, the team’s coach. “There is a good mix of returning team member leadership and ability with fresh new talent and enthusiasm, which has resulted in a well-rounded, very competitive team.” She added that she is extremely excited to head into postseason competition.

“We have a strong group of riders moving on to represent NDSU at semifinals competition,” she says.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - March 4, 2015

Source:Tara Swanson, (701) 231-8865, tara.swanson@ndsu.edu
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391, ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu
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