Lily Crawford trots her horse at a Western show in this undated photo.

College equestrian riders
make semifinals

Two Laramie County Community College equestrian riders, Kayla Fisk and Lily Crawford, have qualified to advance to the Western semifinals in Harrington, Del., March 24–25.

They did so by placing in the Top Two, respectively in their own divisions of horsemanship. In addition, the equestrian team had a good showing in the regionals from two other riders, Jordan Matthews and Annie Hoag. Unfortunately, each came short in qualifying for the semifinals.

This year has gone by quickly for the equestrian team after competing in five Western shows throughout the year in addition to the three hunt (English) shows. Each of the events leading to regionals has been a qualifying event.

Pair earn qualifying points just before regionals

Placing in the top group of each division has been the main concern for the riders.

In the last few weeks leading up to the Western regionals LCCC riders have been hard at work trying to tally those last few points. Crawford and Hoag were able to rack up enough points at the final event the day before regionals.

The team, having completed the regular season for the Western, now focuses on the final points for English show. Because of the cancellation of events, schedule updates have pushed forward the English (Hunt) regionals from March 3–4 to Feb. 27 at the University of Colorado. Currently, only Emily Hamilton has qualified; however, like the Western portion, the English potion will also have a final event in Fountain, Colo., and days before the regionals for riders to fight their way in.

Overall, the rest of the season will be a week-by-week process. One weekend can continue or end the season for each rider.

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