Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES -- One hundred and eighty riders representing eight schools showed off their equestrian skills as New Mexico State University's Equestrian team hosted two shows Oct. 23-25.
The Western (stock seat) team entered the show leading the region by 21 points. After the weekend's competition the team remained in first place, 61 points ahead of the nearest competition.
NMSU's Jeb Stuart was the high-point Western rider on Oct. 24 and 25, winning all four of his classes (events). NMSU riders won 11 of 16 classes on Oct. 24 and 12 of 17 on Oct. 25.
"Team members plan to continue their hard work to pursue another national appearance," Sanchez said.
NMSU's English (hunt seat) team tied with Colorado State University, the 1997 reserve national champions, on Oct. 23 with 21 points. On the 24th, the team came in second, just four points behind CSU. NMSU riders won 6 of 21 classes on Friday and 2 of 21 on Saturday. "The English team entered the weekend trailing CSU by only five points, and plans to make up the now nine-point deficit at an upcoming show," said Larry Sanchez, team coach.
Both NMSU teams will compete again in Fort Collins, Colo., Nov. 6-8.
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