Mounted Eagles was the host for the Minnesota Special Olympics Area 5 Equestrian Competition. Mounted Eagles was represented at the com petition by eight athletes. The Princeton Rockin Riders had five athletes competing. The show consisted of English and Western events. Halter, equitation and obstacle events were offered. In the halter class, athletes are judged on how they handle their horse on the ground. In the equitation class, the athletes are judged on their ability to control and steer the horse while mounted. The obstacle course is a timed event where mounted riders negotiate a series of obstacles such as barrels, cones and gates throughout the arena.
Dalton Schreier of the Nisswa area Black Bear 4-H Club assisted with the planning of the awards and opening ceremonies. Dalton is in the Youth Leadership project and used his skills to make the event a success. He arranged opening ceremonies provided by Sam Meier and Kelsi Bergquist both of Nisswa and also members of the Black Bear 4-H Club who presented the American flag and the special Olympic torch on horseback. Police Chief of Brainerd, Corky McQuiston, and Police Chief of Baxter Jim Exsted, were on hand to present awards to the athletes. Newly crowned Miss Brainerd Heather Erickson and Miss Baxter Maren Goff and Miss Baxter Outstanding Teen Savannah Cole were on hand to congratulate athletes. Athlete, Rocky Hart, led the athletes and spectators in the Special Olympic oath.
The event was sponsored by Law Enforcement Torch and local sponsors secured by Dalton Schreier were Nisswa Women of Today, Nisswa Automotive and Dondelinger Chevrolet/Cadillac
This was the first equestrian competition held in Area 5 which includes Cass, Crow Wing, Wadena, Mille Lacs, Morrison and Todd counties. Special Olympics Minnesota and Mounted Eagles hope to make this a yearly event.
English Obstacle Division 1
- 1st Megan Lindgren (Staples)
- 2nd Kristi Dahlgren (Onamia)
- 3rd Bergen Hanson (Brainerd)
- 4th Justin Fairbanks (Nisswa)
English Obstacle Division 2
- 1st Eric Lemmer (Brainerd)
- 2nd Lydia Putnam (Breezy Point)
- 3rd Andrew Tabor (Brainerd)
- 4th Rocky Hart (Crosby)
- 1st Rocky Hart
- 2nd Bergen Hanson
- 3rd Lydia Putnam