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AU Western equestrian team competes at National Semi-Finals
3/28/11

SPRINGFIELD, MO — The Alfred University Western equestrian team competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone II, Region I National Semi-Finals Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, in Springfield, MO.

AU placed fourth in the team standings, just missing out on a trip to the IHSA National Championships. However, two AU riders — junior Olivia Campbell (North Java, NY) and senior Peter Metz (Syracuse, NY) — qualified to compete in the individual competition at nationals May 5-8 in Lexington, KY.

Campbell took third in novice horsemanship and Metz finished third in beginner horsemanship. The top four individual riders at Semi-Finals qualify to compete at nationals.

Other AU riders competing in the individual events, but not placing, were: freshman Ashley Sinclair (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire) in open reining and open horsemanship; senior Kayla Summerville (Fairport, NY/Fairport) in open reining; senior Brittney Biegel (Ridge, NY/Longwood) in novice horsemanship; senior Allison Lawrence (New Paltz, NY/Oakwood Friends) in open horsemanship; senior Catherine vonHagan (Bath, NY/Haverling) in advanced horsemanship; senior Natalie Grow (Hyde Park, NY/Our Lady of Lourdes) in advanced horsemanship; and junior Kaitlyn Bentley (Jamestown, NY) in intermediate horsemanship.

The top three squads at Semi-Finals qualify for nationals in the team competition. AU finished in fourth place, a single point behind the University of Nebraska, which took third. Black Hawk College was champion and Murray State finished second.

The following AU riders competed in the team competition: freshman Derek Partridge (Groveland, NY/Geneseo), first in intermediate horsemanship; freshman Caralee Cecala (Springville, NY/Springville), third in beginner horsemanship; sophomore Kriten Eklin (Bovey, MN), third in advanced horsemanship; Summerville, fourth in reining; sophomore Hallie Draegert (Dayton, NY/Gowanda), seventh in novice horsemanship; and Sinclair, eighth in open horsemanship.