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Lake Erie College Equestrian Team Earns 2006 IDA Reserve National Champion Status

(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) – The high quality of the Lake Erie College (LEC) equestrian program was again apparent as the LEC student team earned Reserve Championship status at the International Dressage Association (IDA) National Championships. The event took place April 29-30 at Saint Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina.

 Twelve teams from across the country competed at the event after qualifying in regional competitions. The Lake Erie College team consisted of four riders, Cecily Bonadio ’06 of California; Christine Talbert ’06 of Massachusetts; Karen Rauff ’06 of New York and Darcy Bornemann ’09 of Iowa. Lake Erie College has a great history of success at the IDA Championship. The team was national champions in 2005, placed fifth in 2004 and was reserve champion in 2003.

“I am very proud of our riders and their accomplishments,” said Dr. Katrina Merkies, coach of the IDA team and assistant professor of equine studies at the College. “They rode like stars.”

Individual honors were also earned by Bonadio, Bornemann and fellow Lake Erie College student, Rachel Kaufman ’09 of Wisconsin. Bonadio was individual national champion at the first level, Bornemann was individual reserve national champion at the introductory level and
Kaufman was individual national champion at the high training level.

Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education, offering 22 undergraduate majors and master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies and international learning opportunities for students. For more information, call 800/533-4996 or visit the website at


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Karen Rauff, Christine Talbert, Katrina Merkies, Darcy Bornemann, Cecily Bonadio

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