Equestrian team rides well in first competition

By Jeff Frerich

During the first competition of the 2011 Laramie County Community College equestrian season at Colby Community College in Colby, Kan., the LCCC equestrian team placed sixth and fourth.

During the two-day event on Oct. 1-2, the LCCC team placed sixth on Saturday and fourth on Sunday. The competition was a Western-style competition.

Coach Lanae Koons said: “Overall, the team did really well for their first competition. There is room for improvement, but, overall, I am really happy with what the team did.”

Individually, the students competed at different levels based on ability. The riders were ranked based on their performance on each day. This means that a rider who placed first and fourth placed first on Saturday and fourth on Sunday.

In the beginner horsemanship class, freshman Jessie Johnson placed first in both shows. Koons said this is an accomplishment for a freshmen rider because she is just coming into the program and neither the rider nor the coach really knows what to expect. Also in the beginner horsemanship class, Adrian Parman placed third in both shows, and Lily Crawford placed fifth and seventh.

Kayla Fisk placed fourth and seventh in open reining. Fisk also competed in the open horsemanship competition, where she placed second and third. Jamie Johnson competed in the open horsemanship competition as well where she placed sixth.

In the intermediate II horsemanship competition Candice Lahners placed second and fourth; Alaina Mikesell placed third; Sara Eggert placed fourth and seventh; and Annie Hoag placed fourth.

In the intermediate I horsemanship category, Hannah Martin placed fourth and sixth, and Brittany DeMartin placed fifth in both shows.

In the novice horsemanship competition, Jordan Matthews placed second in both shows.

Koons said Matthews was the most improved rider who “did well and improved greatly” compared to last year. Overall, Koons said she is really happy with how well the individuals on the team did.

The team used horses and tack provided by the Colby Community College.   

The team's hunt-riding style competitors will travel to Fort Lupton, Colo., to the University of Colorado on Oct. 22-23. On Nov. 5-6 the team will host a two day hunt-riding style competition at the LCCC campus in Cheyenne.

The team competes against eight other colleges and universities in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska.