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USU to Host Riding Competition Semifinal This Weekend

The Herald Journal Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019

Kelsey Romney is the show manager at this year’s Intercollegiate Horse Show’s Western Semi Finals, hosted at Utah State University for the first time. Winners of Saturday’s competition will have the opportunity to compete at the national level. “This show is unique because the riders don’t get to bring their own horses,” Romney said. “They have to show up, draw a horse and ride with no warmup.”Riders who won at regional competitions will choose from the 50 horses brought in. They will be judged by Lori Gordon of Pennsylvania and Dawn Kreakie of Ohio, and the top four will advance. There are 31 colleges competing, 111 riders and 16 states as far as North Carolina involved. “All of our student riders have given up their spring break to get the show ready,” Romney said. “The horses need to be groomed and ridden every day, and we’ve been setting up for vendors.” ... “Everyone has had to put in long days and hard work to put this together,” Romney said. “I’m just so happy to have the help that I do.” ... “It’s a big deal,” Romney said. “It’s been a long time coming. We’ve had a Western equestrian team at USU for over a decade, and we’ve earned this right to play a bigger part in the competition.”

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