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Eight NMSU Riders Qualify for Nationals

LAS CRUCES -- Eight members of New Mexico State University's Equestrian Team qualified for national competition at the Zone 7 individual championship competition held March 28-29 in College Station, Texas.

The eight individual riders will accompany the five-member Western team to the national competition May 1-3 in Port Jarvis, N.Y.

"I thought the team did very well," said Larry Sanchez, team coach. "They rose to the level of competition we were up against."

In stock seat (Western) riding, the top three individuals in each division go on to nationals. In the beginning stock seat division, Matilda Kamienska placed first, Wendy Jackson-Kiess placed second, and Julie Davis placed third. In intermediate stock seat, Shannon Salazar placed first and Jennifer Lowder placed second.

Cathy Cumberworth qualified for national competition by placing first in two divisions. She will compete in advanced stock seat and novice over fences.

In hunt seat (English) riding, the two top riders go on to nationals. Jessica Ackerman placed second in the walk/trot/canter division, and Jessica Sorenson placed second in beginning hunt seat.

The five-member Western team, which qualified for national competition with a first-place regional finish, includes Melanie Curry, Heather Gribling, Chelsea Makloski, Jessica Sorenson and Jeb Stuart.