The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) Equestrian Team took High-Point Team on both Saturday and Sunday at the NEO A&M Intercollegiate Western Horse Show, held on Feb 17 and 18. The team is ranked number one in the region, with the final show of the season to take place on March 3 and the regional competition will be on March 4 at Missouri State University. The weekend proved successful for Open Division riders, as Edson Varela claimed High Point Rider and Ashley Aden claimed Reserve High Point Rider on both days. Varela earned his finish through strong Open Division riding and placing first each day, while Aden had strong finishes in the Open Division, but excelled in Reining. Seven riders qualified for regionals at the event, including Edson Varela, Ashley McLaughlin, Andrea Althoff, Becca Garrett, and Morgan Leeper qualifying on day one and Katie Daniels and Cheyenne Detherow qualifying on day two. This brings the season total regional qualifiers to fourteen. These riders hope to qualify for the semi-final competition, which will be held at Black Hawk College in Galva, Ill.
SATURDAY RESULTS HIGH POINT TEAM RESERVE HIGH-POINT Edson Varela RESERVE HIGH-POINT Ashley Aden BEGINNER First – Emma Kemp Second – Hannah Jenkins Third – Kayla Burns INTERMEDIATE First – Sam Clayton First – Morgan Leeper Second – Miranda Thibodeau Second – Cheyenne Detherow Third – Madison Jernegan Seventh – Katie Daniels NOVICE First – Becca Garrett Second – Tanner Robertson Third – Sierra McCullough Fourth – Abby Hays ADVANCE First – Andrea Althoff Second – Rachel Harper Third – Ashley McLaughlin OPEN First – Edson Varela Second – Carla Carfora Third – Ashley Aden Sixth – Trish Meyer REINING First – Ashley Aden Second – Edson Varela Fourth – Carla Carfora
SUNDAY RESULTS HIGH POINT TEAM RESERVE HIGH-POINT Edson Varela RESERVE HIGH-POINT Ashley Aden BEGINNER First – Hannah Jenkins Second – Emma Kemp Third – Kayla Burns INTERMEDIATE First – Miranda Thibodeau First – Sam Clayton Second – Cheyenne Detherow Third – Katie Daniels Fourth – Madison Jernegan NOVICE First – Abby Hays Second – Tanner Robertson Third – Lyndsey Harvey Fifth – Kristan Hamilton Sixth – Sierra McCullough OPEN First – Edson Varela Third – Carla Carfora Fourth – Ashley Aden Sixth – Trish Meyer REINING First – Ashley Aden Second – Edson Varela Fifth – Carla Carfora