CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 9, 2012 – Southeast Missouri State University’s equestrian team closed an exciting fall/winter season the weekend of Nov. 3 during a meet hosted by Northern Illinois University (NIU) in Wauconda, Ill.
Once a team of fewer than eight people, the equestrian team nearly doubled in size this year during recruitment and added three competitive members for the season.
Showing began Oct. 6 in Carbondale, Ill. This show was hosted by Southern Illinois University. Megan Smith pointed out of her walk/trot division on the first day of this two-day show and was the first member of Southeast’s team to qualify for Regionals in spring 2013. The following weekend, the team made a five-hour drive to Bloomington, Ill., to compete at a show hosted by Illinois State University. Despite the poor weather conditions, Kellie Constantin pointed up from advanced walk/trot/canter into the novice division and qualified for Regionals.
The fall/winter season closed at the NIU show, where riders once again stepped up their game to represent Southeast. Several first, second and third places decorated the Southeast banner proudly displayed by the girls at every show.
Two riders, Katie Amrhein and Kristie Miller, are a few points away from pointing up and qualifying for Regionals. They will have the opportunity to do so next spring in the closing show of the year hosted by Missouri State University.
The team hopes to represent Southeast strongly in the Regionals competition and get as many riders qualified for Zones as possible. In order to attend Zones, a rider must place first or second at Regionals. If a rider places first or second at Zones, that rider will qualify for Nationals. Nationals is the ultimate goal of the riders who will be attending Regionals this year.
Members of the Southeast equestrian team will continue to practice with their coach, SuAnne Remley, during the winter break and up until the closing show. This year has brought on opportunities for the riders to excel, work with the animals they love and form new friendships.
For more information on Southeast’s Equestrian Team, visit redhawkequestrian.weebly.com, or search for the team’s page on Facebook. Show placings as well as videos of individual riders at each show are available on both sites.