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University of Minnesota, Crookston Western Equestrian Team Travels to Regional Competition this Saturday
March 5, 2008

Contact: Chris Vito- Assistant Sports Information Director (218) 281-8445

(Crookston, Minn.) – The University of Minnesota, Crookston Western Equestrian team travels to Brookings, S.D. this Saturday for the Regional competition. Golden Eagle Western Coach Nicky Overgaard is excited going into this weekend’s show.


Ten riders qualified for the Regional competition. The Golden Eagles are hoping to qualify several riders for the semifinals hosted by West Texas A & M University in Canyon, Texas on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30. The National Show will be held in Los Angeles, Cal. May 8-11.


“We have had several intense practice sessions these past two weeks, “ says Golden Eagle Western Coach Nicky Overgaard.  “We are very confident in our abilities to ride the patterns well in the upcoming Regional competition, which will be key in advancing to Semi-Finals.  Our ability to adapt to the pressure of riding alone in front of everyone will be tested, and if our riders can keep it together, I expect a great show.” 


Golden Eagle riders who qualified for regionals:


Advanced Horsemanship – Jackie Ezell (So, Carlton, Minn.) and Amanda Peterson (So, Rochester, Minn.)


Novice Horsemanship – Sheena Engelbert (Sr, Bruce Crossing, Mich.), Amber Miller (Sr, DePere, Wis.), and Matt Abraham (Jr, Frazee, Minn.)


Intermediate Horsemanship – Jessica Hanson (So, Andover, Minn.), Kayla Klein (Fr, Hazen, N.D.), Kathy Ternes (Sr, Felton, Minn.), and Elsa Lunden (Fr, Annandale, Minn.)


Beginner Horsemanship – Gretchen Lucken (Fr, Greenwald, Minn.)


For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at


The University of Minnesota, Crookston is a NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Golden Eagle Hockey is a member of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).