Posted at 3:55 p.m., Dec. 3, 2014


Practicing for success:

Ryan Honaker practices on a horse named Tivo. Honaker placed first and fourth in beginner horsemanship at LCCC's western event on Nov. 22-23.

Photo by Tamara Rodgers

Equestrian team
gallops into first

The Laramie County Community College equestrian team saw great success at its only home event the weekend of Nov. 22-23. LCCC was one of seven schools to compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association western horse show. LCCC’s equestrian team placed first on both days of the competition.

The Golden Eagles’ Alyssa Redding qualified on Sunday for western regional competition which will be in March. Redding also placed second and fifth in intermediate II horsemanship.

Teammate Shelby Diede was the high-point rider on Saturday. Diede placed first and fourth in reining and second and seventh in open horsemanship.

The Golden Eagles’ Taylor Wolken placed first and third in advanced horsemanship. Shelby Coyle placed first and sixth in intermediate I horsemanship. Teammate Eleanor “Ellie” Pontoniero took first on both days in intermediate I horsemanship. Ryan Honaker placed first and fourth in beginner horsemanship, and Troy Wright advanced to first and third in beginner horsemanship.

The LCCC equestrian team will not have any events during winter break. Its next event is a hunt seat competition in Fort Lupton, Colorado, on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

Individual results are as follows:

Shelby Diede placed 1st & 4th in reining and 2nd & 7th in open horsemanship

Taylor Wolken placed 1st & 3rd in advanced horsemanship

William Lyons placed 4th & 6th in novice horsemanship

Chelsea McLeod placed 2nd both days in novice horsemanship

Alanna Starkovich placed 3rd both days in novice horsemanship

Alyssa Redding placed 2nd & 5th in intermediate II horsemanship

Haylee Lavoie placed 7th both days in intermediate II horsemanship

Jessica Closson placed 2nd in intermediate II horsemanship

Shelby Coyle placed 1st & 6th in intermediate I horsemanship

Paige Harvey placed 3rd & 6th in intermediate I horsemanship

Eleanor Pontoniero placed 1st both days in intermediate I horsemanship

Ryan Honaker placed 1st & 4th in beginner horsemanship

Cole Chesbro placed 4th & 5th in beginner horsemanship

Zandi Chamberlain placed 2nd both days in beginner horsemanship

Troy Wright 1st & 3rd in beginner horsemanship


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