UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western equestrian team opened the season with their home show held at J & S Sporthorses in Dillon, Mont. on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2. By Lowell Peterson The University of Montana Western equestrian team opened the season with their home show held at J & S Sporthorses in Dillon, Mont. on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2. Two English shows were held on Saturday and one western show on Sunday. A total of 180 riders competed in the three events. Montana Western is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and competes in Zone 8 – Region 3. In addition to Montana Western, the six other members with teams competing in the weekend’s events were Carroll College, College of Southern Idaho, Montana State University, University of Montana, Rocky Mountain College and Utah State University. The Bulldogs won both the English and western shows. After the successful weekend Montana Western is also leading the region in both riding disciplines. At the Saturday morning English Show, Bess Slicer took first place in beginning walk trot class and Bree Boline took fifth place in beginning walk trot canter. Chelan Taylor finished fourth in the novice flat class and third in the novice over-fences class. Bryne Kilgore placed fifth in the Intermediate Flat class and Caitlin Halliwell placed third in the intermediate over-fences class. Amanda Gelderman took first place in both open flat class and in the open over-fences class. The equestrian team won high point team Saturday morning while Gelderman won high point rider. At the Saturday afternoon English show, Slicer placed fourth in beginning walk trot class and Boline also placed fourth in beginning walk trot canter. In novice flat, Taylor took third and then went on to take fourth in novice over-fences. Gelderman ended the show by placing third in open flat and first in open over-fences. Gelderman again won high point rider. At the Sunday morning western show, Jenny Winfield took third place in open reining and finished in sixth place in open horsemanship. Linda Sieverkropp placed first in advanced horsemanship while Jordan Fuller took third in novice horsemanship. In intermediate 1, George Lawson placed first and Slicer placed sixth in beginning walk trot. Montana Western was high point team in the western show and Fuller qualified for regional’s in novice horsemanship. The next competition for the Montana Western equestrian team will be three western shows at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho on Saturday, Oct. 8 and on Sunday, Oct. 9. The next English shows will be at the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont. on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6.