The Laramie County Community College western team competed in its last regular season horse show this past weekend at an event hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
With confident rides throughout the weekend, the team placed second on Friday and third on Saturday. Regionally, this put the Golden Eagles in third place overall for the 2013-14 season against nine other colleges and universities.
LCCC also had five student-athletes qualify for regional competition: Amanda Heller, Kelsey Jenkins, Jessie Johnson, Kailey Kaufmann and William Lyons. From this, Jenkins, Johnson and Kaufmann qualified for IHSA semifinals, which will be held in Ohio on March 29 and 30.
Individual results for team members are:
• Christa Avery: second in reining (both shows); second in open horsemanship (both shows)
• Zandi Chamberlain: fifth in beginner horsemanship
• Millie Chavarria: fifth in beginner horsemanship
• Shelby Diede: third and fourth in reining; second and fourth in open horsemanship
• Mandy Harris: fifth in intermediate horsemanship
• Amanda Heller: sixth in novice horsemanship
• Kelsey Jenkins: first in advanced horsemanship (both shows)
• Jessie Johnson: third and seventh in novice horsemanship
• Kailey Kaufmann: first and third in intermediate horsemanship
• Haylee Lavoie: fourth and sixth in intermediate horsemanship
• William Lyons: first in intermediate horsemanship (both shows)
• Alyssa Redding: third and fourth in intermediate horsemanship
Only the top two riders from each regional class are invited to compete at one of the three western semifinals held across the country. From there, only the top four riders from each class will compete in the IHSA National competition.