IHSA Semi Finals

The UW-River Falls team at The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association semi-finals in Utah included, from second from left, Krista Schoenfelder, Advanced Horsemanship; Kendyl Bennett, Novice Horsemanship; Danielle Paulson, Reining, Open Horsemanship; Libby Alders, Intermediate Horsemanship; Emily Edwards, Beginner Horsemanship; and Janie Huot, Coach, UW-RF IHSA Western. The team is pictured with Dirk Vanderwall, Utah State University College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences associate dean, left, and, third from right, Chris Brown, IHSA Zone 8 Region 3 president; Jason Romney, Utah State University coach; and Bob Cacchione, CEO and founder of IHSA.

After outstanding results at regional finals Feb. 23-24 and Intercollegiate Horse Show Association semi-finals March 15-16, the UW-River Falls IHSA Western Team now has their sights set on IHSA nationals in Syracuse, N.Y., May 3-6.

At regional finals hosted by North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., the UWRF western team was named Team Champions. The following individuals qualified for IHSA semi-finals based on their performance at regional finals: Samantha Abrahamson, Individual Beginner Horsemanship (First Place Champion); Libby Alders, Team Intermediate Horsemanship; Kendyl Bennett, Team Novice Horsemanship; Emily Edwards, Team Intermediate Horsemanship; Sydni Loose, Individual Advanced Horsemanship (First Place Champion); Grace Miller, Individual Intermediate Horsemanship (Reserve Champion); Danielle Paulson, Team Open Horsemanship, Team Reining, Individual Open Horsemanship (First Place Champion) and Individual Reining (First Place Champion); Krista Schoenfelder, Team Advanced Horsemanship; and Jackie Thayer, Individual Advanced Horsemanship (Reserve Champion).

The IHSA semi-final competition hosted by Utah State University in Logan, Utah, was one of three IHSA semi-final competitions taking place that weekend across the country. Overall, the UWRF team was named Reserve Champion securing their team’s advancement to nationals in May.

Individuals advancing to nationals to compete in team events include: Alders, Team Intermediate Horsemanship (First Place); Bennett, Team Novice Horsemanship; Edwards, Team Beginner Horsemanship (First Place); Paulson, Team Open Horsemanship (Third Place) and Team Reining (Third Place); and Schoenfelder, Team Advanced Horsemanship.

UWRF placements in individual categories at IHSA semi-finals included the following with the top four placements advancing to nationals: Abrahamson, Individual Beginning Horsemanship (Third Place, advancing to nationals); Loose, Individual Advanced Horsemanship (Reserve Champion, advancing to nationals); Miller, Individual Intermediate Horsemanship (Fifth Place); and Paulson, Individual Open Horsemanship (Reserve Champion, advancing to nationals) and Individual Reining (Fifth Place).