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Equestrian Team member competes in nationals

A member of Morehead State’s Equestrian Team recently competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s (IHSA) national competition, held May 2-5 in Syracuse, New York. 

Freshman Rudy Pohlabeln, a veterinary science major from Edgewood, competed in the individual intermediate western horsemanship class, finishing seventh. He rode Trigger, a horse provided by State University of New York Morrisville. 

“It feels good to be representing the school at such a high level especially being my first year on the team,” he said. “As a freshman, I wasn’t expecting to make it this far, but it also makes it feel like a bigger deal being a freshman.” 

The IHSA has more than 10,000 riders nationwide. Of that number, only 380 qualified for nationals. Pohlabeln has had a successful first year on the team, winning reserve champion at a competition Held in February in Midway and qualifying for nationals after winning reserve champion at the semifinal competition held in Utah in March.  

To learn more about the MSU Equestrian Team, contact Coach Devin Lintzenich at  

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