MIAMI — The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College equestrian team took high-point team both days at the NEO A&M Intercollegiate Western Horse Show, held Feb 17 and 18.

The team is ranked No. 1 in the region, with the final show of the season to take place on March 3 and the regional competition will be on March 4 at Missouri State University.

The weekend proved successful for Open Division riders, as Edson Varela claimed High Point Rider and Ashley Aden claimed Reserve High Point Rider on both days.

Varela earned his finish through strong Open Division riding and placing first each day, while Aden had strong finishes in the Open Division, but excelled in Reining.

Seven riders qualified for regionals at the event, including Varela, Ashley McLaughlin, Andrea Althoff, Becca Garrett and Morgan Leeper qualifying on day one and Katie Daniels and Cheyenne Detherow on day two.

This brings the season total regional qualifiers to 14.

These riders hope to qualify for the semifinal competition, which will be held at Black Hawk College in Galva, Illinois.

SATURDAY RESULTS

High point team

Reserve high point

Edson Varela

Reserve high point

Ashley Aden

Beginner

1, Emma Kemp; 2, Jenkins; 3, Kayla Burns

Intermediate

1, Sam Clayton; 1, Morgan Leeper;2, Miranda Thibodeau; 2, Cheyenne Detherow; 3, Madison Jernegan; 7, Katie Daniels.

Novice

1, Becca Garrett; 2, Tanner Robertson; 3, Sierra McCullough; 4, Abby Hays

Advance

1, Andrea Althoff; 2, Rachel Harper; 3, Ashley McLaughlin

Open

1, Edson Varela; 2, Carla Carfora; 3, Aden; 6, Trish Meyer

Reining

1, Aden; 2, Varela; 4, Carfora

SUNDAY RESULTS

High point team

Reserve high point

Varela

Reserve high point

Aden

Beginner

1, Jenkins; 2, Kemp; 3, Burns

Intermediate

1, Thibodeau; 1, Clayton; 2, Detherow; 3, Daniels; 4, Jernegan

Novice

1, Hays; 2, Robertson; 3, Lyndsey Harvey; 5, Kristan Hamilton; 6, McCullough

Open

1, Varela; 3, Carfora; 4, Aden; 6, Meyer

Reining

1, Aden; 2, Varela; 5, Carfora