Golden Eagle Western Equestrian Team Drops Points to NDSU But Maintains Region Lead

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(Crookston, Minn.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston Western Equestrian team dropped points to North Dakota State University (NDSU) at the NDSU show in Fargo, N.D. on Saturday and Sunday. The Golden Eagles still hold a lead of seven points in the region.

Saturday saw several good rides with Kaitlyn Tollefsrud (Jr, Hawley, Minn.) winning her Reining Class. Kayla Krueger (So, Walker, Minn.) came out for a flawless ride to win her Advanced Horsemanship Class. Melissa Frietag (Fr, Wolverton, Minn.) and Karen Carpenedo (So, Bessemer, Mich.) each took home a blue ribbon in their Intermediate Divisions. Carpenedo's win gave her enough points to qualify for the regional competition. Megan Kramer (Jr, Owatonna, Minn.) had a nice ride taking home a second place ribbon in the Novice Class. 

On Sunday, Captain Kayla Klein (Sr, Hazen, N.D.) won her Reining Class and took third in the Rail Class giving her a Reserve High Point Rider title for the day. Amy VanTreeck (So, Sheboygan Falls, Wis.) and Sabra Amundson (Fr, Colton, S.D.) rode very well and each secured a win in their classes. 

"We did not end the semester as well as we had hoped but really learned some good lessons along the way," says Golden Eagle Western Coach Nicky Overgaard. "We found out that small mistakes cost us big time in the points column. Now we are going to have a break until we start the spring season with our next show at home on Friday, March 5th.  Thankfully, we still have the lead in the Region but not at a comfortable margin at this point in time." 

Point standings at the end of this show are:

University of Minnesota, Crookston - 185
North Dakota State University - 178
Rochester Community and Technical College - 166
University of Wisconsin-River Falls - 138
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - 129

The University of Minnesota, Crookston is an NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).