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NMSU Riders Shine in Individual Competition

LAS CRUCES - New Mexico State University riders won five of eight individual championship titles March 13 at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association's regional finals at Colorado State University.



Rachel Knight, a New Mexico State University graduate student in animal science from Las Cruces, is the regional champion in alumni horsemanship and reining. Aggie riders won five of eight individual championships March 13 at Intercollegiate Horse Show Association's regional finals at Colorado State University. (03/18/2004) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

"We cleaned up," said Deborah Rosencrans, NMSU stock seat coach. "In the eight classes we competed in, we won five firsts and five seconds." Aggie riders placing in the top three move on to zone competition April 3 at West Texas A&M University in Canyon.

Elizabeth Cecil, a finance major from Raton, won in novice horsemanship, while sophomore Elizabeth Knight from Las Cruces led in intermediate horsemanship. Santa Fe native Kelli Younker, a freshman, won open reining. Rachel Knight, a graduate student in animal science from Las Cruces, topped the field in alumni horsemanship and alumni reining.

NMSU's five reserve champions were Tessa Cathey in beginning horsemanship, Bryn Wells in open horsemanship and open reining, and Lindsey Hansen in alumni horsemanship and alumni reining.

Jennifer Travis placed third in beginning horsemanship. Christina Wilder was fifth and Adelle Whetstone seventh in advanced horsemanship. Whetstone also placed fourth in novice equitation over fences in the hunt seat competition. Sarah Wallace placed seventh in the advanced walk, trot, canter equitation.

Last month NMSU's equestrian team won the IHSA's regional championship title at Colorado State University, qualifying the Aggie riders for national competition May 6-9 at Middle Tennessee State University. NMSU won national titles in Western equitation in 1995 and 1998 and a reserve championship in 1997. The university competes in IHSA events with about 300 member schools nationwide.