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2007 IHSA SEMIFINALS: OHIO STATE WINS COMFORTABLY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Pomona, CA - Of the three first annual IHSA Semifinal shows taking place this past weekend, the Semifinal show in Pomona, California was the only such show to take place over a two-day span. The first eight classes took place on Saturday the 24th while the final four took place on Sunday. Through the first two team classes on Saturday one would have gotten the impression the high point team award would be up for grabs. However this would not be the case.

Defending IHSA National Champion Western Team Ohio State heated up as day one came to an end. Natalie Norval won team advanced for the Buckeyes while teammate Danielle Nichter won team beginner immediately afterward. The next morning was an improvement over day one for Keith Ceddia of the Buckeyes. After placing fifth in both individual open western divisions on Saturday, Ceddia won team reining to start the Sunday session. At this point Ohio State held a 29-18 lead over the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. More importantly, the Buckeyes had clinched first place and a trip to IHSA Nationals at the Big E in Springfield, Massachusetts this May.

Through four team classes Ohio State was in the driver's seat, though second was still very much a race. Cal Poly - Pomona was closest to Ohio State, trailing 22-16 while Nebraska at Lincoln, Utah State and Oregon State were all tied with 13. Miami of Ohio was also in the running with 10. Team open reining proved to be the turning point of the competition, as the riders from Miami, Pomona and Utah State all received zero scores. While Ceddia won outright, Alicia Wittwer's second for Nebraska moved the Cornhuskers into second in front of the Pomona Broncos.

Team western horsemanship completed the show, with Lindsey Salestrom of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln earning the Cornhuskers second team blue ribbon (Salestrom was as good as anyone over the weekend, winning the team class while placing second in individual open western and fourth in individual reining). Ashley Kovar of Ohio State was second while Jason Romney of Utah State (who won individual open reining a day earlier) was third. Sara Gibson's fourth was the most important score, as her three points lifted Oregon State's total to 19 points and third overall, making the Beavers the final team to qualify for the Western Team Competition at Nationals. The nine-way team competition is now set with Ohio State, Nebraska at Lincoln, Oregon State, Middle Tennessee State, West Texas A & M, Black Hawk College, Morrisville State College, Saint Mary of the Woods College and the University of Findlay all surviving the inaugural season of Semifinals.

The individual classes held in Pomona were won by riders from six different schools. Danika Kent of the University of Minnesota at Crookston won the individual intermediate to start Saturday's proceedings, making her the only Zone 9, Region 3 western rider not from Nebraska at Lincoln to advance to Nationals. Lacey Werczynski of the University of Kentucky won the individual open rail. Three other Zone 6, Region 2 individuals would advance but only Werczynski did so with a blue ribbon. Zone 6, Region 1 is known simply as "The Ohio State Region" when it comes to western, but on March 24th two riders from region rival Ohio University made it to Nationals. While Rebecca Dingus was second to Kent earlier in the day, Rosemary Fleming of the Bobcats was second to none in the individual beginner western. Joanna Dove of the University of Washington gave Zone 8, Region 4 their lone blue ribbon of the show with a first in individual advanced western, though three other riders (from three different schools) also qualified. Norval won the final individual class, taking the blue in novice. Fourth in the division went to Bridget MacFarland of the United States Military Academy, making her the lone Zone 2, Region 1 individual western qualifier (excluding AQHA qualifier and teammate Scott Vetter) for 2007 Nationals. Astoundingly this gave Zone 2, Region 1 one more individual qualifier than Zone 8, Region 2, which did not see a single individual rider place inside the top four (Alice Gifford of host Cal Poly - Pomona did win the team novice western division however).

Though Romney was the only individual winner from Zone 8, Region 3 the region as a whole faired better individually than any other in Pomona this weekend, as six different riders from schools in the states of Montana, Idaho and Utah will head east to Springfield. Three riders from the College of Southern Idaho advanced, tieing the Golden Eagles with the Buckeyes and the Cornhuskers for most individual rides at Nationals coming out of the weekend festivities in Pomona.

--Steve Maxwell

Class-by-Class Results from IHSA Semifinals in Pomona, California on March 24th and 25th, 2007. Riders who placed fourth or higher in the individual classes advanced to IHSA Nationals May 3rd through 6th in Springfield, Massachusetts:

Individual Intermediate Western Horsemanship: 1. Danika Kent, University of Minnesota at Crookston. 2. Rebecca Dingus, Ohio University. 3. Corrie Watson, College of Southern Idaho. 4. Adrienne Smith, Oregon State University. 5. Kimberly Polen, Ohio State University. 6. Gracie Myrick, Western Washington University. 7. Lindy Hausauer, University of Minnesota at Crookston. 8. Julie Colvin, Ohio University - Southern Campus.

Team Intermediate Western Horsemanship: 1. Chelsea Leatherwood, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 2. Kayla Feltz, Ohio State University. 3. Ashley Shadden, Cal Poly - Pomona. 4. Kelly Brown, Miami University of Ohio. 5. Heather Allenby, Oregon State University. 6. Corinne Noble, United States Military Academy. 7. Brooke Allen, Utah State University.

Individual Open Western Horsemanship: 1. Lacey Werczynski, University of Kentucky. 2. Lindsey Salestrom, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 3. Amy Stoll, College of Southern Idaho. 4. Tyler Chavez, Washington State University. 5. Keith Ceddia, Ohio State University. 6. Clairessa Kaler, University of Montana - Western. 7. Lauren Erk, Cal Poly - Pomona. 8. Kacy Kuhn, University of Southern California.

Individual Beginner Western Horsemanship: 1. Rosemary Flemming, Ohio University. 2. Katie Rose, Utah State University. 3. Korin Hullinger, Midway College. 4. Brittany Thomas, Ohio University - Southern Campus. 5. Krystal Knabe, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 6. Julia Jara, University of Southern California. 7. Katie Beaudine, North Dakota State University. 8. Alexis Spaeth, Cal Poly - Pomona.

Team Novice Western Horsemanship: 1. Alice Gifford, Cal Poly - Pomona. 2. Adrienne Smith, Oregon State University. 3. Chelsea Rice, Utah State University. 4. Hillary Bedford, Ohio State University. 5. Michelle Bennett, Miami University of Ohio. 6. Erica Lechtenberg, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 7. Raquel Rascon, United States Military Academy.

Individual Open Reining: 1. Jason Romney, Utah State University. 2. Jason Peacock, Linn-Benton Community College. 3. Ashley Kovar, Ohio State University. 4. Lindsey Salestrom, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 5. Keith Ceddia, Ohio State University. 6. Brittany Lambert, Miami University of Ohio. 7. Kacy Kuhn, University of Southern California. 8. Sydney Rogers-Goode, Oregon State University.

Team Advanced Western Horsemanship: 1. Natalie Norval, Ohio State University. 2. Sammie Shields, Utah State University. 3. Cindy Barnes, Cal Poly - Pomona. 4. Maggie Peitzmeier, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 5. Whitney Irwin, Miami University of Ohio. 6. Brooke Sproull, Oregon State University. 7. Bridget MacFarland, United States Military Academy.

Team Beginner Western Horsemanship: 1. Danielle Nichter, Ohio State University. 2. Jessica Kraemer, Oregon State University. 3. Lindi Lehnhausen, Utah State University. 4. Andy Snyder, Miami University of Ohio. 5. Sarah Joy, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 6. Matt Hassenpflug, Cal Poly - Pomona. 7. Nick Walker, United States Military Academy.

Team Open Reining: 1. Keith Ceddia, Ohio State University. 2. Alicia Wittwer, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 3. Scott Vetter, United States Military Academy. 4. Sydney Rogers-Goode, Oregon State University.

Individual Advanced Western Horsemanship: 1. Joanna Dove, University of Washington. 2. Jennifer Johnson, College of Southern Idaho. 3. Jessica Robbins, Ohio State University. 4. Elena Ruddy, University of Montana. 5. Molly Seidel, South Dakota State University. 6. Katie Wise, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 7. Katie Finkes, Morehead State University. 8. Jennifer Gordenier, Morehead State University.

Individual Novice Western Horsemanship: 1. Natalie Norval, Ohio State University. 2. Janie Teten, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 3. Ashley Geis, Morehead State University. 4. Bridget MacFarland, United States Military Academy. 5. Janie Talbot, Western Washington University. 6. Mindy Leach, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 7. Christi Burrington, University of Kentucky. 8. Patricia Racic, Lake Erie College.

Team Open Western Horsemanship: 1. Lindsey Salestrom, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 2. Ashley Kovar, Ohio State University. 3. Jason Romney, Utah State University. 4. Sara Gibson, Oregon State University. 5. Brittany Lambert, Miami University of Ohio. 6. Lauren Erk, Cal Poly - Pomona. 7. Scott Vetter, United States Military Academy.

Final Western Team Totals, with the top three advancing to IHSA Nationals May 3rd though 6th in Springfield, Massachusetts: Ohio State University (High Point Team) 34; University of Nebraska at Lincoln (Reserve) 25; Oregon State University 19; Cal Poly - Pomona 17; Utah State University 17; Miami University of Ohio 12 and United States Military Academy 5.

(Special Thanks to Hailey Quirk for providing us with the results)

 


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