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Four AU hunt seat riders advance from IHSA regionals
3/19/12

ITHACA, NY - Four members of the Alfred University hunt seat equestrian team have advanced from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association regional competition and will compete in the IHSA Zone championships, a step away from qualifying for the national show.

Eleven AU riders competed in the IHSA Zone II, Region I championship show Saturday, hosted by Ithaca College on Saturday, March 17. Four placed in the top two and qualified to compete at the Zone II championships at Skidmore College on April 7.

Senior Katie LeSuer (Edinboro, PA/Cambridge Springs), in novice equitation over fences, and junior Tesla Parker (Waitsfield, VT/Harwood Union), in intermediate equitation on the flat, were named champions for winning their respective events. Junior Amelia Keyes (Webster, NY), in novice equitation on the flat, and sophomore Christina Watts (Barryville, NY/Eldred), in walk-trot, placed second and were named reserve champions. All four move on to the Zone championships next month.

Also placing at regionals but not qualifying for zones were: freshman Olivia Costich (Penfield, NY/Harley School), fourth in open equitation over fences; senior Kalcy O’Keefe (Rochester, NY/Penfield), fifth in open equitation over fences; senior Danielle Ross (Staten Island, NY/St. Peter’s), third intermediate equitation on the flat; junior Hallie Draegert (Dayton, NY/Gowanda), sixth in advanced walk-trot-canter; and LeSuer, fifth in intermediate equitation on the flat second.

Three AU riders competed at regionals but did not place: Sophomore Megan Burke (Montrose, NY/Hendrick Hudson) in novice equitation over fences; sophomore Amelia Maslen (Chardon, OH/Andrews Osborne) in novice equitation on the flat and novice equitation over fences; and Senior Erika Raye (Sussex, NJ/High Point Regional) in novice equitation on the flat.

The top two riders at next month’s Zone II championships will move on to compete at the IHSA National Championships in Raleigh, NC, May 3-6.