Loading

53°F

52°F

57°F

53°F

57°F

53°F

54°F

56°F

57°F
TOP STORY

Northwoods teen finishes fifth in National Pony FinalsSubmitted: 10/01/2014
EAGLE RIVER - A Northland Pines High School junior spends her mornings and afternoons on a saddle.

National pony finalist Maya Lovdal has formed a trusting bond with her pony and competes in many shows each year.

Lovdal has been riding horses since she was three. For her, riding a horse is just like any other day.

"I've been doing it for so long that I don't feel anything. So, sometimes I just have more excitement than other days," said Lovdal.

Her trainer is never nervous when Lovdal steps into the ring.

"I know she knows her job. We've prepared. We've done our homework. Her pony is honest and they know what they're supposed to do," said owner and trainer at Pine Ridge Equestrian Center Jayme Nelson.

Lovdal's mom is a different story.

"My mom is shaking every time she watches me. There is always a smile on her face," said Lovdal.

In pony jumping, Lovdal must jump her pony over a fence while going fast. She always has to think ahead.

"When you watch her come out and ride her ponies, she very much thinks while she is working them. And, I think that is one of the things that really helps her be a good competitor. She doesn't let things rattle her," said Nelson.

Part of Lovdal's success is her bond with her pony. She has been riding Roy for five years.

"Over the years we've had this bond where he is able to trust me more and more so once the fences do get bigger, if I add my leg he will go," said Maya.

Roy wasn't always meant to be a jumper. But, he had a knack for it. To get Roy to jump the fence, she must be confident.

"I have to be confident or my pony is not going to be confident. So, I just go in with the mindset of being confident and happy and getting out of the ring," said Lovdal.

In the 13 years she has ridden, Lovdal's proudest moment was finishing 5th in August's Pony Finals in Kentucky. But next year, she wants to win.

"We've been backing up and fixing some of the problems we had in Kentucky," said Lovdal.

"She'll come out and ride in an arena all by herself and not talk to anyone and just stay focused," said Nelson.

With Lovdal, it has always been about her determination.

"I ride more than one a day so I can be stronger and be where I want to be - strong enough to tell my pony to go and he can get over those large fences," said Lovdal.

"It's taken a lot of work. She's taken her fair share of falls. It's determination. Maybe you don't feel like riding that day but you do," said Nelson.

In the winter Lovdal does one competition a month and in the summer she competes twice a month.


Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
 Print Story Print Story | Email Story Email Story

Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com

 LOCAL SPORTS
Tomahawk Girls Volleyball TraditionSubmitted: 09/30/2014

Play Video

TOMAHAWK - The Tomahawk Girls Volleyball team hopes to make a deep run in the state playoffs this year.

They're ranked #2 in the Division II standings. They also haven't lost a set in the Great Northern Conference since 2012.

The Hatchets have made it to the semifinals four out of the last five years and were state runner ups in 2011.

+ Read More
Punt, Pass, and Kick in RhinelanderSubmitted: 09/30/2014

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Knights of Columbus held a punt, pass, kick tournament Monday night in Rhinelander.

"I start football next year and I felt like it was really fun," said eight-year-old James Heck.

+ Read More
Rump Roast RunSubmitted: 09/27/2014

MINOCQUA - There was a 5 kilometer and 10 kilometer run in Minocqua Saturday morning.

Many people know Beef-A-Rama for the amount of beef sold on the streets of Minocqua.

+ Read More
Crandon beats Laona-Wabeno on the road 22-14Submitted: 09/26/2014

Play Video

WABENO - A good game was played down in Wabeno.

The Rebels played host to the Crandon Cardinals.

It was a defensive showing early.

Crandon was the first to find the end zone toward the end of the first quarter.

But Laona-Wabeno wouldn't take that lying down.

The ensuing drive, they take the ball right down the field.

Craig Mentz finds running back Nacie Colarco who rumbles down the sideline to pick up 20.

The very next play looked similar.

Mentz hits Colarco on another screen pass, and he takes it for another 20 yards and a first down.

The Rebels only needed one more play to score.

Alex Benaszewski takes the handoff and races into the endzone to put Laona-Wabeno on the board.

But Crandon was the masters of their domain.

They win this one 22-14.

+ Read More
Bowler/Gresham Takes Down Three Lakes Submitted: 09/26/2014

Play Video

THREE LAKES - Bowler/Gresham defeated Three Lakes 72-58 in Three Lakes on Friday.
Quarterback Thomas Kazik started the second half with a touchdown to Joe Serrano. Perfectly thrown pass to Joe Serrano.

+ Read More
Raiders Takedown Hodags on the RoadSubmitted: 09/26/2014

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Medford defeated Rhinelander 42-20 Friday in Rhinelander.
Rhinelander got the ball moving early.

Brandon Rheinthaler connected with Mason Shallow and the Hodags were driving deep in Medford territory. Shallow had 126 yards receiving.

+ Read More
Merrill volleyball team holds off HodagsSubmitted: 09/25/2014

MERRILL - The Hodags volleyball team hit the road Thursday for a non-conference matchup against the Merrill Blue Jays.

Rhinelander was looking to improve on a rough start to the season.

In the first game, Merrill and Rhinelander kept pace with one another.

The Blue Jays threw their bodies around to try and pull away from the Hodags.

Merrill took a 1-0 set lead off a nice touch volley.

They took that momentum with them into the second game.

They led this one by double digit points at one point.

But the Hodags fight back.

They pull within seven before the Jays shut the door on any kind of comeback.

Rhinelander went up 4-0 early in the third set.

But Merrill pulled through.

They come all the way back to win the match in straight sets.

Players say they've struggled with slow starts this season.

+ Read More
+ More Local Sports



 REGIONAL SPORTS
Melvin: Decision on Brewers manager not imminentSubmitted: 09/30/2014

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin says the dust needs to settle on the disappointing end to the ballclub's season before any decisions are made on the team's manager or coaching staff.

Speaking on WTMJ radio Tuesday, Melvin says he'll take a step back before any future plans are made following the Brewers late season collapse. Milwaukee fell from first place in the National League Central and out of any postseason play.

Melvin plans to travel to Colorado Springs this week to meet with the Brewers' new Class AAA affiliate. He also plans to go to Phoenix to monitor the team's instructional camp. Melvin will travel to Los Angeles next week to meet with principal owner Mark Attanasio on the team's future direction.

+ Read More
Packers Defense Has Interesting Game Against the BearsSubmitted: 09/29/2014

CHICAGO - The Packers didn't need to bring the punt team to Chicago on Sunday. The team didn't punt once all game. That's a great sign for the offense. Aaron Rodgers can do that when he's playing well.

However, it was a tough yardage day for the defense.

+ Read More
Green Bay Offense Looks Sharp Against the Bears Submitted: 09/29/2014

Play Video

CHICAGO - It seemed like Aaron Rodgers could put the ball anywhere yesterday against the Bears.

He threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns. Rodgers also only had 6 incompletions. The offense seemed to be in sync for the first time all year.

+ Read More
Brewers defeat Cubs 2-1Submitted: 09/27/2014

MILWAUKEE - MILWAUKEE (AP) Jonathan Lucroy set a major-league record for doubles in a season by a catcher, and Francisco Rodriguez moved into 10th place on baseball's career saves list in the Milwaukee Brewers' 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night

+ Read More
Green Bay Packers Offense Struggles in Detriot Submitted: 09/21/2014

DETRIOT - The Green Bay Packers offense stalled again on Sunday against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

They were outscored by their own turnovers, 9-7.

Unfortunately it seems that a struggling offense has become a theme in the early 2014 season.

+ Read More
Packers Defense Comes Together Against Jets Submitted: 09/15/2014

Play Video

GREEN BAY - The Packers didn't look good for most of the first half Sunday in their home opener against the Jets.

The offense stalled and the defense gave up three touchdowns.

But small adjustments can make the difference in the end.The Packer defense made the right moves before it was too late.

+ Read More
The Green Bay Packers Show ResilienceySubmitted: 09/15/2014

Play Video

GREEN BAY - The Packers found themselves trailing 21-3 midway through the second quarter in their home opener against the Jets on Sunday.

"You never want to come out that flat," said Tramon Williams, Packers cornerback. "You never expect to come out that flat."

+ Read More
+ More Regional Sports
Search: 

WJFW TV-12 Sports Results




  WJFW TV-12 Sports Team