Two Redhawks Take On Western Semifinals
March cold and snow didn’t keep MUET western riders Leah Moore and Steven Lakin grounded. Along with coach, Beth Akers, they boarded a 6:25 a.m. flight out of the Dayton airport on March 22, bound for the Semifinal round of competition in Syracuse, New York. Three separate Semifinal competitions are held throughout the country during the same weekend in March to narrow the field down to 12 riders in each division. These riders will compete at Nationals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Semifinals consist of two days of competition. On Saturday, each rider competes on the rail and performs a pattern. The top 8 riders in each division qualify for the finals on Sunday. They again compete on the rail, followed by a more complex pattern. The top four move on to Nationals. On Sunday, Steven rode a horse named “Peppy” from Oswego State, qualifying for the finals. He drew the same horse on Sunday and earned an 8th place in the Open Horsemanship division. Leah rode equally well. She drew “DaVinci,” also from Oswego State, on Saturday and qualified for the finals in the Advanced Horsemanship division. On Sunday, she had a beautiful ride on “Starry,” and earned 6th place. Steven and Leah’s successes this year put them in the top 24 IHSA riders in their respective divisions. A huge congratulations to both Leah and Steven on their accomplishments. The MUET hunt seat qualifiers will compete at Zones on April 6th to earn a spot at Nationals.