Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES -- New Mexico State University's equestrian teams will defend their rankings Oct. 23-25 when the university hosts a Western and English show on campus on the corner of El Paseo and Stewart Streets.
After the first shows of the season, NMSU's Western equestrian team is in first place regionally and will be defending its 1998 national title. The English (hunt seat) team is in second place.
The English team competed Sept. 26-27 at Colorado State University. After two days of showing, NMSU finished second, five points behind CSU. CSU was the 1997 Reserve National Champion Hunt Seat team. "Our students earned several first place finishes and had a strong showing for the start of the new season," said Larry Sanchez, team coach.
NMSU's Western team traveled to Colby, Kan., Oct. 3-4 for the first two shows of the season. NMSU had 19 individual riders finish in first place, and 15 in second place.
The Western team ranks first regionally with 54 points,followed by Colby Community College with 39 and Colorado State University with 33. In 1998, NMSU was the National Champion Western Team.
Both teams will compete in the show to be held Oct. 23-25. English competition will begin on Friday, Oct. 23 and conclude on Saturday. Western riding competition will begin Saturday afternoon, and conclude on Sunday, Oct. 25.
Since this will be the team's only competition in Las Cruces this semester, fans are encouraged to attend the free event. "We would like to invite people to come out and watch our riders," Sanchez said. "We have a great team this year, and having the support of fans will make the show better for everyone."
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