The Alfred State Western Equestrian team rode to Reserve Hi-point honors at the IHSA Zone 2 Region I Championships held a the Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center at Maris Cuneo Equine Park on Sunday. The Pioneers had a pair of Hi-Point riders and had three riders qualify for the Western Semi-Final Championships.
Rachel von Hagn (Bath) was the Hi-point rider for novice horsemanship while Meagan Castoro (Syosset) was the Hi-point rider for beginner horsemanship. Alyssa Beardsley (Letchworth) was the reserve Hi-point rider for advanced horsemanship. The trio will travel to the IHSA Western Semi-Finals on March 17-18 at the Showplex at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.
Rachel McNeal (Waverly) was 3rd in Open Horsemanship while the Sarah Czelusta (Pioneer) was 4th, Jamie Fredenburg (Fabius Pompey) was 5th, and Kirstin Reynolds (Portville) was 7th in Intermediate Horsemanship.
The IHSA holds three Western Semi-Finals each March, which serve as qualifying shows for the IHSA National Championships in May. The top four individuals in each riding class and the top three teams at each Semi-Final show qualify to compete at the IHSA Nationals, which this year are scheduled for May 3-6 in Harrisburg, PA.