Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico State University Equestrian Team is ranked first in the region in Western-style riding.
The ranking, determined as the team earned points throughout the season, was reinforced during the show held Feb. 6-8 at the arena on the NMSU campus. The NMSU team is now 50 points ahead of its closest competitor, Colorado State University (CSU).
High-point riders in overall competition were Jeb Stuart and Cathy Cumberworth, both of NMSU. Riders representing NMSU in Western riding took first place in competition on Friday and Saturday. NMSU riders competing in English-style riding placed first on Friday and second on Saturday.
Riders who qualified for regional competition in the beginning division are Julie Davis, Shaundra Gardner, Wendy Jackson, Matilda Kamienska, Sabrina Measday and Laura Radcliff. In the intermediate division, Jennifer Lauder, Shannon Salazar, Jessica Sorenson and Stacy Thorton qualified. Advanced riders who qualified are Kayce Brown, Cathy Cumberworth and Lisa Zigment. Heather Gribling and Jeb Stuart qualified in the open rail competition. Stuart and Cumberworth also qualified in the reining division.
The English team will compete next at the University of Denver, Feb.21-22. The Western team will go to Laramie County Community College in Wyoming for their final show of the season, Feb. 27-28. The regional show will be held March 1 at CSU in Fort Collins, Colo., for both the English and Western teams.
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