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The NEO equestrian team traveled to Blackhawk College in Galva, Ill. Feb. 22 and 23 and came home with two more individuals who qualified for the regional show at Missouri State University (MSU) March 9in Springfield, Mo.  

Sydney Reynolds, a freshman majoring in agriculture pointed up from Intermediate II to the Novice category. She qualified in only seven shows which required her to get either first or second place at each show. The team also qualified sophomore, Taylor Clark, an agriculture major. She also pointed up from Intermediate II to Novice. 
 
“It is exciting to add two more riders to our list of regional qualifiers,” said Equestrian Coach Chelsie Huseman. “At this point NEO has qualified seven riders: five sophomores and two freshman.” 

The equestrian team took reserve high point team on Saturday. After the weekend’s competitions, NEO is currently the region’s reserve high point team. One more regular season show will take place at MSU March 8 and then the regional competition is Sunday, March 9.

“Several more riders can still qualify by placing well at the last regular season show Saturday. I’m looking forward to having a strong presence at our regional show,” Huseman said. 

Riders obtain points with every placing they receive at the shows and qualify for regionals when they get a total of 36 points. First place awards them seven points, second place awards five points, third place awards four points, fourth place awards three points, fifth place awards two points, and sixth place awards one point. Riders are able to carry over their points from semester to semester and school year to school except the Open riders, who have to start over every school year. 

The weekend’s results are below along with each rider’s hometown:

Open:
Mandie House-Sat. 3rd reining, 5th horsemanship; Sun. 3rd horsemanship (Talala, Okla.)
            Caitlin Dunsmore-Sat. 5th reining, 5th horsemanship; Sun. 5th horsemanship (McKinney, Texas)
            Brooke Mareth-Sat. 4th horsemanship; Sun. 2nd reining (Mt. Vernon, Mo.)
            Bailey Forester-Sat. 2nd reining, 6th horsemanship; Sun. 5th horsemanship (Gallatin, Tenn.)

Advanced:
Taylor Shoemaker-Sat. 2nd; Sun. 5th (Skiatook, Okla.)
Brookelynn Baber-Sat. 4th; Sun. 4th (Collinsville, Okla.)

Novice:
            Chelsea Landes-Sat. 3rd; Sun. 5th (Owasso, Okla.) 
            Sydney Reynolds-Sun. 6th (Pullman, Wash.)

Intermediate II: 
            Sydney Reynolds-Sat. 1st; Sun. 6th (Pullman, Wash.) 
            Taylor Clark-Sun. 2nd (Belvidere, Ill.)
            Britani Disanti-Sat. 2nd; Sun. 6th (Pueblo, Colo.)
            Whitney Force-Sat. 2nd (Kellyville, Okla.)
            Emily Akins-Sat. 4th; Sun. 3rd (Harrison, Ark.)
            Kelsey Matthews-Sun. 3rd (Morrow, Ark.)
            Katie Weldon-Sun. 3rd (Seneca, Mo.)
            Emily Rice-Sat. 3rd; Sun. 1st (Farmington, Mo.) 

Beginner: 
            Bree Oyler-Sat. 4th; Sun. 1st (Rogers, Ark.)
 
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