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The OPSU Equestrian Team displays the ribbons won during competition this year. The team finished third in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) in Region 1. Front row from left, Shasta Kreis, Adrianna Chavez, Hanna Slatten and Coach Channing Hawks. In back, left to right, Diedra George, Heather Ford, Lacy Jones, and Carrie Kliewer. Not pictured are Samantha Meyers and Veronica Clifford. – Laura Hays photo

**For Immediate Release**
Equestrian Team Ends Season Third in Region
- released by OPSU Campus Communications on 03-15-07
by Laura Hays

Goodwell, Okla. – Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Equestrian Team was the Hi-Point Team out of the ten teams competing at the Lubbock Western show on March 3. Also, the team won third in their Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) region for the year, a notable achievement as this is the first year they have competed as a team. Even more amazing is the fact they were short one rider - OPSU used five compared to the six other teams had. Coach Channing Hawks said, “We were only running five scores against everyone else running six scores, so it’s particularly important to note that our team won enough points to beat two other teams.”

OPSU competes in Zone 7, Region 1. Some of the larger schools in the region include the University of Wyoming, New Mexico State, Texas Tech, West Texas A&M and Colorado State. Three of the women qualified for the Regional competition held in Lubbock last weekend including Hanna Slatten in Open Reining and Open Horsemanship; Lacy Jones in Intermediate II Horsemanship; and Shasta Kreis in Beginner Horsemanship. Slatten went on to qualify for the Western Semi-Finals in Open Reining. She and Coach Hawks will spend their spring break in Murfreesboro, Tenn. where Slatten hopes to advance to the national competition that will be held in Massachusetts this year.

Other results for the Lubbock Western Show:

Hanna Slatten

Reserve Hi-Point Rider; 1st in Open Horsemanship; 2nd in Open Reining

Heather Ford 1st in Advanced Horsemanship
Lacy Jones 1st in Intermediate II Horsemanship
Samantha Meyers 3rd in Intermediate II Horsemanship
Veronica Clifford 6th in Intermediate II Horsemanship
Shasta Kreis 1st in Beginner Horsemanship
Diedre George 2nd in Beginner Horsemanship
Adrianna Chavez 2nd in Beginner Horsemanship
Carrie Kliewer 3rd in Beginner Horsemanship

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