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Equestrian Team Update

—By Misty Lethcho on 03/09/2012 Those competing in Lincoln were front row, left to right, Jena Braun and Madison Hughes; second row, Misty Lethcho and Lauren Harvey; third row, Leah Butts and Katy Doke—Courtesy photo Those competing in Lincoln were front row, left to right, Jena Braun and Madison Hughes; second row, Misty Lethcho and Lauren Harvey; third row, Leah Butts and Katy Doke—Courtesy photo Goodwell, Okla.—The Oklahoma Panhandle State equestrian team started the spring semester competing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) with two back-to-back shows Feb. 18 followed by regional competition on Feb. 19.

Saturday morning, Madison Hughes started the show by placing first in the open reining class and Jena Braun placed first in the intermediate rail class. Katy Doke placed third in open rail and fifth in open reining. Madison Hughes placed fifth in open rail. Misty Lethcho placed fourth in novice rail class, and Lauren Harvey placed fifth in the intermediate rail class.

In the second show, Katy Doke placed first in open reining, and third in open rail. Madison Hughes placed second in open rail and fifth in open reining while Lauren Harvey and Jena Braun both placed second in intermediate horsemanship rail class.

In addition, Katy Doke and Madison Hughes qualified for the regional competition that was held Sunday.

Throughout 2011, the equestrian team competed in several IHSA competitions, eager to qualify for the regional competition. Riders earn points by placing in competitions over the year, and the higher the placing, the more points they receive. Four OPSU women qualified for this year's regional competition that was held following the first show of the spring season.

Madison Hughes started the regional competition by placing third in open rail while Jena Braun placed third in beginner horsemanship. Katy Doke placed fourth in open reining, and finishing the show, Leah Butts placed eighth in intermediate rail.

Qualifying for regionals is an honor in itself as many very experienced riders from area colleges and universities compete for the same title. Congratulations to all of the regional qualifiers for an amazing performance in Lincoln!