LCCC Equestrian Western team rides high in Nebraska competition

CHEYENNE, WYO. – The Laramie County Community College equestrian western team recently completed the regular season in style, coming home with a number of awards.

Hosted by the University of Nebraska, two regular point horse shows were held on Feb. 21 and 22, with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association western regional competition taking place on Feb. 22.

LCCC took second place as a team in both horse shows, placing the Golden Eagles in second overall in the region, competing with nine other colleges and universities. During the first two days, the following student-athletes placed in the following events:

  • Zandi Chamberlain: third, intermediate I horsemanship
  • Cole Chesbro: fifth and seventh, beginner horsemanship
  • Jessica Closson: fourth and seventh, advanced horsemanship
  • Shelby Coyle: seventh, intermediate I horsemanship
  • Shelby Diede: third (both days), open reining; second and fifth, open horsemanship
  • Paige Harvey: second and sixth, intermediate I horsemanship
  • Haylee Lavoie: fourth and sixth, intermediate II horsemanship
  • William Lyons: fifth and sixth, novice horsemanship
  • Eleanor Pontoriero: fourth and fifth, intermediate horsemanship
  • Alyssa Redding: fourth (both days), novice horsemanship
  • Alanna Starkovich: second (both days), novice horsemanship
  • Troy Wright: first and second, beginner horsemanship

Three riders qualified for western regional competition: Diede, Redding and Chamberlain. In Sunday’s competition, Diede received second in open horsemanship, Redding placed fifth in intermediate horsemanship and Chamberlain placed first in beginner horsemanship.

Chamberlain and Diede, by placing in the top two in their respective events, qualified to compete in the western semifinals horse show at Redlands Community College in Oklahoma next month.

Diede also took home the reserve high point rider for the region this year as well.