The Wisconsin Union Hoofer Riding Club’s Equestrian Team won the Zone 7, Region 4 championship title on March 12. The team will next compete in the Zone 7 championships.
The team came back from an eight-point deficit, overtaking perennial rival Irish Equestrian, which represents both the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College, to win the show.
They will compete against the winning teams from four other Zone 7 regions at West Texas A&M University April 8. The two winning teams will advance to the National Finals at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington in May 2016.
Seven team members competed as individual qualifiers in their divisions March 13. Five of those riders will also advance to the zone finals including University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) seniors Jenna Palmer, Camber Sannes, and Julia Slezak; and UW-Madison sophomores Johanna Balas and Sierra Sirianni.
The top two individual riders from each zone championship will also compete in Nationals.
The Hoofer Riding Club’s Wisconsin Equestrian Team is made up of more than 30 riders of all experience levels and is managed by UW-Madison students. The team provides competition, social networking, and learning opportunities.
The Hoofer Riding Club is part of Wisconsin Hoofers, a self-supporting outdoor recreation program operating without any tax dollars. Wisconsin Hoofers operates as part of the UW-Madison Wisconsin Union.
For more information, visit Win.wisc.edu/organization/wisconsinequestrianteam/.