Posted at 3:10 p.m., Nov. 23, 2015

Riders qualify for regionals ahead of home competition

Equestrian teams earns several placements

Emilygrace Piel

Riding forth:

Rider Shelby Diede is first in the nation for horsemanship and reigning.


The Laramie County Community College’s Golden Eagles’ hunt and western equestrian teams have started their seasons off with multiple students placing in different categories at every show, and four riders have already qualified for regional shows in their prospective categories after two hunt shows and one western show.

Western riders Troy Wright and Eleanor Pontoriero have qualified for regionals, Wright for beginner horsemanship and Pontoriero for intermediate horsemanship. Tess Braslau has qualified for Hunt regionals in novice fences, as well as Carly Smith in beginner equitation.

LCCC also took first place as a team on both days of the season’s first western equestrian show at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas on Oct. 17-18.

The hunt equestrian team will not compete again until January, but the western team has two more shows before the end of semester, including one hosted by LCCC on Nov. 21-22.