Steepleview Horse Trials, located in Delano, had a large turnout of eventing competitors, including six schools that are members of the Minnesota High School Equestrian Association (MHSEA), during a show held on Labor Day weekend. This is the second annual show hosted by Jean and Walter Kunz.
The rolling green hills and water complex used for the cross country phase offer a great view for spectators, but a challenging course that requires both the rider and mount to be in excellent condition for the rolling terrain. Eventing is an equestrian triathlon where a horse and rider compete at the disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show jumping.
Morgan Samuelson, a junior at Waconia High School and daughter of Mike and Michelle Samuelson of Cologne, took home first place at the 2nd Annual Steepleview Horse Trails, Junior Novice Division, Labor Day weekend, and Minnesota High School Equestrian Association’s Grand Champion title for the Waconia Equestrian Club on her Connemara mount Aille Cross Limerick aka Ricky, owned by Cindy Piper.
Ricky is a little flea bitten grey pony, only 13.1 hands but full of heart. The class was very tight from the start, Samuelson took the lead after dressage with a score of 32.6, only .4 ahead of second place. They rode a clean cross-country course with no refusals or time faults, keeping them in the lead.
Stadium is their worst phase, Ricky is tiny and the jumps are 2 feet 11 inches tall and vary in width. They had a great stadium round, just touching one pole on the second jump, but luck was on their side, it stayed up and they took home first.
This is the second year Samuelson has claimed first at Steepleview and this is the third and final year of Samuelson and Ricky competing as a team — they have proven to be a great match! Samuelson is currently looking for her next mount to move up on.
MHSEA’s Waconia Equestrian Club is growing each year and has many talented athletes that participate in Western and English Pleasure/Equitation, Western Games, Dressage, Hunter Jumper and, Eventing. Spectators are always welcome!
Submitted on behalf of the MHSEA Waconia Equestrian Club.