Stephens Equestrian Studies students enjoyed successes and ribbons at their respective horse shows this weekend.
At the American Royal in Kansas City, Alex Hagelston and Mercy Me placed 6th out of 33 riders in the 1.0 meter jumpers.
“The class was very competitive with some of the best riders in the country competing,” said Sara Linde, who oversees the Equestrian Studies program. “Alex and Mercy were also clear in the .95 blue ribbon round and received a blue ribbon.”
The pair also took 5th out of 34 in the Low Child/Adult Jumpers and 6th out of 18 in the Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic Championship
Megan Hasemann and Something to Talk About—also known as Stanley—were 3rd out of 18 in the American Royal Adult Hunter 2’6, and Hannah Dritt and Two of Diamonds, or Junior, took 7th in that class.
“The competition is deep at this national level and the students have represented Stephens beautifully,” Linde said, noting the show is an “A” Rated competition.
Western riders went to the National Equestrian Center in Lake St. Louis for the Mid-Rivers Fall Classic horse show this weekend. Shelby McCoy, Margaret Sheldon and Jessica Heinle represented Stephens. McCoy won both days in horsemanship, won showmanship Sunday and placed second on Saturday. Sheldon was 5th and 6th in Novice Showmanship, 3rd and 4th in Novice Western Pleasure and 3rd and 1st in Novice Horsemanship. Heinle took 3rd in Novice Horsemanship.
At the Boone County Horse Show, saddleseat riders made an impressive showing, Assistant Professor Kelly Hulse said.
“I heard from many trainers and exhibitors at the show how great our horses and riders looked,” she said. “I was extremely impressed with their showmanship and teamwork.”
Saddleseat riders are scheduled to compete at the America Royal Horse Show in a few weeks.
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