Thursday, November 9, 2017

WACO, TX- Sixteen collegiate equestrian riders have been chosen to participate in the 2017 American Quarter Horse Association Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge November 11-12, 2017 during the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, OK.

The preliminaries will take place on November 11 with a slated start time of 12:30pm, with the finals on November 12 at a slated start time of 7:00pm.

“The NCEA is delighted to send eight high achieving competitors to AQHA’s Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge. We are grateful that these athletes are representing the NCEA at such a prestigious event. On behalf of all coaches and riders we thank the AQHA, the generous horse donors, and the class sponsors for this opportunity. We are looking forward to a great weekend of competition in Oklahoma City.” -Haley Schoolfield, Director of Equestrian at Texas Christian University.

The student-athlete riders representing National Collegiate Equestrian Association institutions were selected for the AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge based on their win-loss percentages by the NCEA selection committee.

  • Payton Anderson, University of Georgia
  • Kirsten Chamberland, Oklahoma State University
  • Abbi Demel, Baylor University
  • Kara Kaufmann, Auburn University
  • Ashley Mauney, Southern Methodist University
  • Josie Mootz, Texas Christian University
  • Maddie Thiel, University of South Carolina
  • Rachel Williams, Fresno State

The following collegiate riders representing Intercollegiate Horse Show Association institutions in the AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge are as follows:

  • Brittany Abernathy, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
  • Kinsey Ayres, Black Hawk College
  • Elizabeth Ellis, Berry College
  • Margherita Guerra, University of California Davis
  • Mark Mowbray, St. Andrews University
  • Taylor Overmier, The Ohio State University
  • Marissa Phillips, University of Findlay
  • Hayley Ruffner, Alfred University

The free live stream, presented by Bank of America, of the finals will be available via the following link:

Coverage will also be live on the AQHA social media pages including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For more information on the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, be sure to follow the NCEA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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