Equestrian Team focuses on first show of the season

Practice Hard:
Head coach Lanae McDonald works with a team member on getting her horse to trot during practice at LCCC arena on Sept. 26
(Photo by Brianna Garcia)

The Laramie County Equestrian Team’s season has kicked off this month with practices at the LCCC arena.

Coach Lanae McDonald and her assistant coaches Deeda Randall and Sabrina Johnson are working hard to get the team ready for their upcoming Western and Huntseat shows.

“We have a really good mix of sophomores and freshmen,” McDonald said. “The sophomores are already working on their personal goals for what they want to get done each season. But our team goal would be to go out and do the best that we can. Though we’d really like to be in the top three as a team.”

According to McDonald, the team has been working very well overall with the ample time they have and around their class schedules.

“I have both of my assistant coaches and that’s been a giant help as well,” McDonald said. “They’ve been able to be here at least two or three days a week so that’s been a giant help as well. So I’m feeling pretty confident.”

Assistant coach Deeda Randall helps McDonald with the Huntseat side of the Equestrian team while Sabrina Johnson helps with the Western side when McDonald can’t be there. McDonald has been coaching the LCCC Equestrian team since 2006.

“I have definitely gotten more confident in coaching the team,” McDonald said. “Every year we change little things at practice just to continually be better. My coaching style hasn’t changed that much but I definitely am better at knowing how to get the results I want. Whether it be mental or physical.”

McDonald and the Equestrian team practice Monday through Thursday with shows being Friday and Saturday.

The Equestrian teams first two shows are October 11-12 in Colby, Kansas at Colby Community College with their first show being a Western show and then October 25-26 in Parker, Colorado at the University of Denver as a Huntseat show.

About Brianna Garcia (16 Articles)
Brianna Garcia is a junior majoring in Multimedia and is one of the tri-editors for Wingspan. She is hoping to continue her education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for Sports Media and communications. Garcia hopes to one day announce for the Wrangler Network for Rodeo or for the NFL. Garcia found her love for sports media in high school, getting to cover a few sports for her high school yearbook. She’s a huge sports fan and enjoys watching them with her dad. Her favorite sports and teams include the Denver Broncos, Olympic swimming, and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Her favorite sports players or riders include Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bull Rider Sage Kimzey and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Barrel Racers Hailey Kinzel and Amberley Snyder. Along with watching sports, Garcia has been involved with horses for the past 12 years. She also swam competitively for four years throughout high school. To contact Garcia, email her at briannagarcia9818@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter at BriannaG9819

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