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NDSU student with local ties wins equestrian award

A NDSU student with local ties came home with titles following the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association championships May 1-4 in Harrisburg, Pa.

According to Greg Lardy, professor and head of animal sciences, Hailey Aagard, a senior double majoring in equine and animal sciences from Wadena, is the association's national champion in beginner western horsemanship.

Aagard is coached by Tara Swanson, lecturer of animal sciences. "As a coach, I couldn't be more proud of Hailey. She has been working hard all year in preparation for the opportunity to compete at nationals." Swanson said. "She rode with poise, confidence, determination and skill which resulted in a very positive outcome. She did an outstanding job of representing Bison Equestrian at the national level."

The organization has more than 8,300 student participants at more than 370 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. It features eight levels of hunter seat riding and six levels of western riding.