UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
(L-R) Sydni Loose, Jackie Thayer, Samantha Abrahamson, Danielle Paulson, Krista Schoenfelder, Kendyl Bennett, Libby Alders, Emma Edwards, Janie Huot (UWRF coach), AQHA Rep, and Bob Cacchione (CEO and Founder of IHSA).
May 13, 2019 - The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Western Team is AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) Trophy Reserve National Champions, the highest honor the team has earned in its history at UWRF. The team earned 41 points to secure this top placement at IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association) Nationals in Syracuse, N.Y., May 3-6.
Nine schools, including UW-River Falls, advanced to the IHSA National Western Team Competition by finishing in the Top 3 at one of the three semi-finals held across the country in March (Orlando; Findlay, Ohio; and Logan, Utah). The UWRF Western Team includes Libby Alders (animal science major from Madison Lake, Minn.), Kendyl Bennett (accounting major from Preston, Minn.), Emily Edwards (animal science major from St. Paul), Danielle Paulson (animal science major from Pine Island, Minn.), and Krista Schoenfelder (agricultural business major from Rochester, Minn.).
Individuals earned the following placements in team events:
Individuals also participated in individual events at nationals:
One rider from the UWRF Hunt Seat Team qualified for IHSA Nationals in the Intermediate Flat Class event. Madeleine Olson (animal science major from Milwaukee), placed fourth, which was the highest placement by a Hunt Seat rider from our zone/region (Zone 7, Region 3).
“I truly admire and am inspired by each one of these young equestrians every time they get on a horse, whether they win or lose,” said Janie Huot, team coach. “When the stars align and everything works, they are rewarded for their hard work, determination, their great love of horses, competition and comradery. When things don't quite work out the way they planned, they learn from it, go back at it and work even harder. These are the keys to the success of this team.”
For more information, email Huot at firstname.lastname@example.org.