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Aggie Riders Compete in Final Equestrian Event of the Fall

Released by Panhandle State Sports Information on 11/09/2017 Senior Jesslin Lamont put in two solid showings at West Texas A&M this weekend.-Courtesy photo Senior Jesslin Lamont put in two solid showings at West Texas A&M this weekend.-Courtesy photo

Canyon, Texas—The Panhandle State Equestrian team competed in their final event of the fall at an IHSA Western Show hosted by West Texas A&M University Nov. 4-5 .

Eight riders entered the arena to showcase their skills, but a few unfortunate draws kept all but two riders from placing both days. Senior Jesslin Lamont and junior Hannah Hammack earned placings in both rounds. Lamont drew superb reining horses each day, which she handled really well, clinching two fifth place titles for Reining. Hammack placed fifth in the Novice on Saturday and scored the sixth place slot in Sunday's performance.

Speedy horses throughout the weekend caused strong riders like Reilly Shore, Sarah Atha, Kayla Hook and Kristin Allen to fall short of placing. Allen had a good run on Saturday, placing fourth in the Intermediate Two division, but was unable to earn a spot despite a calm ride on another swift mount in Sunday's performance. Senior Tyler Meyeres and junior Cassie Alcorn competed in the Beginner division, each placing sixth on Saturday; tired and uncooperative horses on Sunday left both riders empty-handed.

While Coach Kayla Hook was disappointed with the selection of horses at WT, she feels the team adapted well and made the most of their opportunities. "The WT show was a tough show. Not only was the competition tough, but the horses were tough as well. Everyone handled their horses well and kept their heads held high when things were not going their way. We now know exactly what things each of us need to work on to improve for the Texas Tech show in February. Until then we will be going back to very basic things such as leg position, correct movement of hands and even ride bareback to improve our balance so that we can be ready to perform well in February."

Hook also expressed confidence in her team stating, "I have seen tremendous improvements in each and every one of the girls this semester. We are a completely different team than we were on day one. It will be amazing to see how much more we can improve next semester."

The Aggie Equestrian team will have plenty of time to prepare for their next show, which will take place Feb. 3-4 in Lubbock Texas. The riders will have two more shows to gather points for a regional slot at the end of February.