UW Equestrian Team Second at Colorado Show
October 28, 2011 — Led by Katie Mattila, the University of Wyoming equestrian team placed second at last weekend's regional show in Boulder, Colo.
Mattila, a senior from Plymouth, Minn., rode in three flat classes in the advanced walk/trot/canter division and won every one. Mattila qualified for the regional competition on Sunday.
Kaela Fischer from Lakewood, Colo., took second in the same class as Mattila, helping UW to dominate the advanced walk/trot/canter class. Fischer qualified for the regional competition on Friday, but did not ride Saturday and Sunday.
Katie Hurrell from Golden, Colo., had a rough flat class Friday, but started off Saturday by winning her open jump class and placing second in her open flat class. Hurrell placed third Sunday in her open flat class.
Kirsten Phillips of Las Vegas, Nev., placed fifth in her intermediate jump class Saturday and then improved Sunday by placing fourth in intermediate jump.
Erin Sanders, from Larkspur, Colo., started the weekend by winning her first-ever open flat class. The previous weekend of shows held by CU, Sanders qualified for regionals in intermediate flat and was now eligible to ride in open flat. She placed second Saturday in a class of 13 in the intermediate jump, qualifying again for regional competition, this time in intermediate fences (jump). She also placed fourth Sunday in her first open jump class.
McCabe Jones of Dillon, Colo., placed fifth in his open flat class Friday and then fourth in the flat class Saturday. He placed second over fences in the intermediate division, but did not place on the flat.
Morgan Carmichael, a freshman from Golden, Colo., had a great weekend in her flat classes by placing second Saturday and third Sunday.
Elle Simpson of Laramie placed third in her novice jump class Saturday and then placed sixth in her intermediate flat class Sunday.
Amanda Weaver, a freshman from Temecula, Calif., placed third in both her novice fences and flat classes Friday. Saturday she placed third over fences and fourth on the flat. She completed her weekend with a sixth over fences and won her flat class Sunday.
Zari Zapinsky, Las Vegas, Nev., had phenomenal jump rounds Friday and Sunday by winning her class Friday and placing second Sunday.
Freshman Madeline Tank, from Elk Grove, Calif., placed fourth in her walk/trot class Friday and then moved up to third Saturday.
Emily Pringle, a freshman from Vashon, Wash., placed third Saturday and sixth Sunday in the largest class, the beginning walk/trot/canter class of 16 riders.
Eliza Claire Starr, a freshman from Fort Collins, Colo., placed fourth in novice fences and fifth in novice flat Friday and on Sunday she was fourth in novice fences and sixth in novice flat.
Marta Tietge, from Two Harbors, Minn., placed third in the advanced walk-trot-canter division.
Kirsten Phillips competes in the intermediate jump class. (UW Photo)