| Dressed in their competition clothing, equestrian team members, first row left to right, include Veronica Clifford, Shasta Kreis, Coach Channing Hawks, Heather Ford, and Arianna Chavez. Back row, left to right, Hanna Slatten, Deidre George, Kylee Schumacher, Carrie Kliewer, and Lacy Jones. -courtesy photo
**For Immediate Release**
Equestrian Team Nabs Reserve Spot
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 11-07-2006
By Laura Dahl
Goodwell, OK - Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Equestrian Team brought home Reserve Champion honors from a western show at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas held October 28-29. Even though they did not have a competitor in every class, the team earned enough points for second place.
Hanna Slatten, a junior Equine Science and Ag Business major, led the team as the High Point Rider by picking up firsts in open reining both days, and a second in open horse on the first day. In the Intermediate class, Veronica Clifford, a freshman from Blanchard, Okla., and Lacy Jones, a junior from Akron, Colo., both picked up ones on the second day of competition, and twos on the first day. In addition, junior Kylee Schumacher from Boise City, Okla., was second during day two of the competition and third on day one.
In the Beginner class, Shasta Kreis, a sophomore from Canadian, Texas, placed first the first day, and Deidre George, a freshman from Pritchett, Colo. was second. Other OPSU participants in the Beginner class were Adrianna Chavez, a freshman from Logan, New Mex., and Carrie Kliewer, a freshman from Corn, Okla.
In the Advanced competition, Heather Ford, a sophomore Equine Science major from Dumas, Texas, had first and second place wins over the two days. Ford also was the only OPSU representative at the hunter show held at Denver University in October. The English saddle competition included fence jumping and flat course showing.
OPSU recently joined the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), and the team competes in Zone 7, Region 1. Other schools in their zone and region include Colby Community College in Kansas; Laramie County Community College and University of Wyoming; Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture; Texas Tech University and West Texas A&M University; and Colorado schools U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Denver.
IHSA competition differs from many other collegiate sports in that it is not necessary for students to own and maintain their own horses, which allows any student to participate regardless of financial status or riding level. At shows, the host school provides horses, and contestants demonstrate their horsemanship skill.
The team travels to Laramie County Community College in Wyoming November 10-13 to compete in a Western show, and then will compete at West Texas A&M November 18-19.