NDSU's Western equestrian team places fourth in semifinal competition in Kentucky.

NDSU's Western equestrian team places fourth in semifinal competition in Kentucky.

Megan Hansen, a member of NDSU's Western equestrian team, places fourth in advanced horsemanship in semifinal competition in Morehead, Ky.

Three members of NDSU’s Western equestrian team have qualified for national competition in Pennsylvania.

North Dakota State University’s Western equestrian team had a strong finish in semifinal competition in March.
Teams are assigned randomly to one of three semifinals.

Ten members of NDSU’s team took part in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association semifinal competition on March 23-24 in Morehead, Ky. Each individual class in that competition had 18 competitors. The top four in each class advance to national competition.

NDSU team members who placed while competing in individual classes were:
Emily Norwig, a sophomore from Hampton, Minn., third in intermediate horsemanship
Megan Hansen, a junior from Breckenridge, Minn., fourth in advanced horsemanship
Karley Schaefer, a freshman from West Fargo, fourth in intermediate horsemanship
Cami Slaubaugh, a sophomore from Wolford, fifth in beginner horsemanship
Norwig, Hansen and Schaefer qualified to compete at nationals May 2-5 in Harrisburg, Pa.

The riders who competed in the semifinals qualified individually by placing in the top two in regional competition at the University of Minnesota-Crookston on March 2-3.
NDSU’s riders also competed at semifinals in the team competition. The team with the most cumulative points in each zone and region earns the opportunity to compete as a team at semifinals.

The NDSU team was named Zone 7 Region 3 high-point team in regional competition.
Team members representing NDSU were: Hannah Beyer, a senior from Rapid City, S.D., reining; Ashley Lindell, a senior from Solway, Minn., open horsemanship; Emily Kedrowski, a junior from Apple Valley, Minn., advanced horsemanship; Codie Miller, a senior from Prior Lake, Minn., novice horsemanship; Nicole Holasek, a junior from Waconia, Minn., intermediate horsemanship; and Hailey Aagard, a sophomore from Wadena, Minn., beginner horsemanship.

Nine teams competed in the semifinals. The top three advance to national competition. Points from each rider’s placings are added together for an overall team score.
NDSU’s team finished in fourth place just two points behind the third-place team. The riders’ placings were:

Lindell - second
Holasek - second
Beyer - fourth
Aagard - fifth
Kedrowski - sixth
Miller - seventh

“The team did an exceptional job at semifinals,” says Tara Swanson, the team’s coach.

“They practiced hard and showed tremendous dedication to the team, which paid off in strong finishes. We are excited to head to nationals in May.”