UW-RF horse team advancing to nationals

posted April 2, 2018 7:52 a.m. (CDT)
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    Members of the UW-River Falls Western Show Team that recently competed in semi-finals are, from left, coach Janie Huot, Samantha Abrahamson, Kendyl Bennett, Autumn Kappers (co-captain), Jennifer Lorenz, Rachel Shamro, Kaycee Hatch, Erica Kolstad, Jessica Oldroyd, Sydni Loose, Jackie Bucher-Thayer and Danielle Paulson (co-captain).

Seven members of the UW-River Falls Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Western Show Team will advance to the IHSA National Championships set May 3-6 in Harrisburg, Pa.

UW-River Falls earned the right to advance as a team to nationals after they tied for second/​third place overall at semi-finals in Hamburg, N.Y., March 17-18. Individual riders who placed fourth or better in individual categories at semi-finals also qualified to compete. Additionally, Danielle Paulson, who earned 100 points for the year in open reining and open horsemanship and was named the AQHA Cup Champion for Zone 7 Region 3, advances directly to nationals to compete in the National AQHA Cup Championships.

The seven UW-RF riders competing in team and individual categories at nationals include Samantha Abrahamson (agricultural education major from Minneapolis), Team Beginner Horsemanship; Kendyl Bennett (accounting major from Preston, Minn.), Team Intermediate Horsemanship; Jackie Bucher-Thayer (agricultural business major from Ridgeland), Team Advanced Horsemanship; Kaycee Hatch (animal science major from Racine), Individual Novice Horsemanship; Sydni Loose (animal science major from Cedar Grove), Team Novice Horsemanship; Jennifer Lorenz (agricultural business major from Onalaska), Individual Advanced Horsemanship; and Danielle Paulson (animal science major from Pine Island, Minn.), Team Reining, Team Open Horsemanship, Individual Reining and AQHA Cup.

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