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**For Immediate Release**
Equestrian Team Wraps Up Fall Season
By Laura Hays
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 12-13-07

Goodwell, Okla. - Beginning its second season, Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Equestrian Team represented the university at five shows this fall in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). Competing in Zone 7, Region 1, nine team members faced competitors from much larger schools such as New Mexico State, Texas Tech and Colorado State. 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. Competitors vie against other in divisions that are based on how much riding experience each rider has. This year’s team includes:

Name Home Town
Adrianna Chavez Logan, New Mexico
Jennifer Dixon Tallahassee, Florida
Heather Ford Dumas, Texas
Alecia Havens Greenfield, Iowa
Carrie Kliewer Corn, Oklahoma
Shante Kreis Canadian, Texas
Shasta Kreis Canadian, Texas
Cherie Scholz Stratford, Texas
Hillary Sherwood Gunnison, Colorado

Colorado University hosted the first show in Fort Collins October 13-14. In this English show, Shasta Kreis, took second and third in the Walk/Trot. Dixon placed fourth in the Novice Fences, and Scholz placed fifth in Intermediate Flat.

The second show was also English riding, and was hosted by Denver University October 27-28. Shasta Kreis again competed in the Walk/Trot, bringing home third and second, and Havens placed fifth in the Novice Flat.

The following week, Colby Community College hosted the first Western show, and Shante Kreis brought home third and second in the Walk/Trot and Kliewer placed fourth and second in the same event. Shasta Kreis took fourth and first in the Intermediate, and Scholz placed second and sixth in the Novice.

The women kept the road hot as the traveled to Cheyenne, Wyoming to compete November 10-11 at Laramie County Community College’s Western show. In the Walk/Trot, Shante Kreis was second, Kliewer was third and third, and Chavez won fifth and sixth. Shasta Kreis was third and sixth in Intermediate 1, while Sherwood placed third in Intermediate 2. Scholz took fifth and second in Novice and Havens rode in two events, bringing back a sixth and second in Open Reining and sixth in Open Rail.

The final fall event was hosted by West Texas A&M in Canyon, and Scholz won a first in the Novice. Riding twice again, Havens won third in Open Reining and fourth in Open Rail, and Shasta Kreis won third in Intermediate 1. In the Walk/Trot, Shante Kreis won sixth and Kliewer, third.

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