Posted at 2:17 p.m., Feb. 5, 2015


Blue skies and blue ribbons:

William Lyons, LCCC hunt seat competitor, earned first place in advanced walk, trot and canter division Feb. 1 during a hunt seat event in Fort Lupton, Colorado. The event faced delays earlier in the day because of winter weather.

Photo byTamara Rodgers

Equestrian members
ride toward regionals

The Laramie County Community College’s equestrian team is in full trot this semester beginning with an English/hunt seat event on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Fort Lupton, Colorado.

William Lyons, who has qualified for regionals, placed first Feb. 1 in the advanced walk, trot and canter division.

Lyons wasn’t the only one with a blue ribbon on Feb. 1. Teammate Tess Braslau placed first in novice fences on Feb. 1. Coach Lanae McDonald said Braslau will most likely qualify for regionals in her division in upcoming events.

Unfortunately, LCCC does not have enough riders to be considered a full hunt seat team, so this affects its team ranking.

Every team has its challenges, and LCCC’s equestrian team is no exception. The team lost three members who became ineligible academically because of a GPA lower than 2.5.

“Academics are the first priority,” McDonald said. “Extracurricular activities come second.” She is proud the team currently holds a 3.06 average GPA.

She said the team has been working hard during practice, and it’s “being proven in competitions.”

Currently, LCCC’s western show team holds first in zone eight, region five.

Alyssa Redding has already qualified for regionals in the western show intermediate division. Team member Zandi Chamberlain is four points away from qualifying in beginner western show division.

McDonald has high expectations for the western team. It was scheduled to compete Feb. 7–8 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The University of Nebraska is LCCC’s equestrian team’s toughest competitor and will have home advantage.


Intercollegiate Horse
Show Association

Equestrian team
gallops into first

LCCC Equestrian Team Schedule