Six Jackrabbits advance at IHSA Regionals
CROOKSTON, Minn. - Four South Dakota State hunt seat riders and two Jackrabbit Western riders advanced in their respective events at an IHSA Regional show over the weekend in Crookston, Minn.
"I am very happy with the overall results from this past weekend. We had a few disappointing placings in the shows on Friday and Saturday that kept a few more team members from qualifying for Regionals on Sunday, and I am especially disappointed that some of our seniors didn't get to compete or move on after Sunday," interim head coach Joe Humphrey said. "But I am proud of the efforts of everyone. It was good to see all four hunt seat girls moving on to Zones next month, and Baysinger and Mandelke finishing 1-2 in Novice Horsemanship to qualify for IHSA Western semifinals. SDSU will be very well represented in the next rounds."
Megan Violand finished first in novice over fences to not only capture Region Grand Champion honors, but advance to the IHSA Hunt Seat Zone Finals on April 8-9 in Madison, Wis., as well. Ashley Marrin finished second in intermediate over fences and advanced to the zone finals as the Region Reserve Grand Champion.
Skye Byrnes qualified for the zone finals with a first place finish in novice flat, winning Region Grand Champion honors in the process. Jenna Boscardin came in second in intermediate flat as the Region Reserve Grand Champion to move on to the zone finals.
Both SDSU Western riders to advance to the IHSA Western Semifinals on March 26-27 in Findlay, Ohio, did so in novice horsemanship. Hillery Baysinger finished first and earned Region Grand Champion, while Amy Mandelke advanced after finishing second and as the Region Reserve Grand Champion.
Saturday: (Hunt Seat- Regular Show)
Intermediate Over Fences: 2nd Jenna Boscardin
Novice Over Fences: 2nd Santana Wright
Open Flat: Section 1- 2nd Ashley Marrin (Qualified for Regionals), Section 2- 2nd Jenna Boscardin
Novice Flat: Section 1- 3rd Santana Wright, Section 2- 3rd Megan Violand
Hunt Seat Results (1st and 2nd move onto IHSA Zone Finals)
Intermediate Over Fences: 2nd (Region Reserve Grand Champion) Ashley Marrin
Novice Over Fences: 1st (Region Grand Champion) Megan Violand
Open Flat: 4th Ashley Marrin
Intermediate Flat: 2nd (Region Reserve Grand Champion) Jenna Boscardin
Novice Flat: 1st (Region Grand Champion) Skye Byrnes
Western Results (1st and 2nd move onto IHSA Western Semifinals)
Open Horsemanship: 4th Britta Barta
Advanced Horsemanship: 4th Trisha Smeenk
Novice Horsemanship: 1st (Region Grand Champion) Hillery Baysinger
2nd (Region Reserve Grand Champion) Amy Mandelke
Intermediate Horsemanship: Only class with prelims due to 20 qualifiers - Jenna Smeenk and Hannah Stone both made the finals. Stone finished 6th