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UMW equestrian makes history at nationals

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The University of Montana Western equestrian team sent two students to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Finals held in Lexington, Ky. May 6-9, 2010. By Wally Feldt The University of Montana Western equestrian team sent two students to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Finals held in Lexington, Ky. May 6-9, 2010. Freshman Kindle McCaulley participated in walk/trot and sophomore Amanda Gelderman competed in open flat, open jumping, and in the Cacchione Cup. The top 20 riders in the country in each division met at the Kentucky Horse Park in hopes of a national championship. The road to nationals is long and challenging; a rider must be champion or reserve champion in their region to qualify for zones and then be champion or reserve champion in their zone to qualify for nationals. McCaulley received seventh place in walk/trot, which made her the highest placing Montana Western English rider ever at the IHSA National Finals. Concluding the English section of the show, all horses and students participated in a parade, which celebrated the success of all schools and riders. “The IHSA national show was a great learning experience for both Amanda and Kindle,” head coach John Xanthopoulos said. “It was also a wonderful opportunity for them to travel to the capital of the horse world and the location of the 2010 World Equestrian games.” In 2009, Montana Western alumna Kristen Gfroerer placed sixth in the overall American Quarter Horse Association trophy division. Also in 2009, Montana Western's Sammy Ryan took third in individual alumni reining.
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