Articles: Press Release
South Carolina, Texas A&M Win Varsity Equestrian Championships
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April 25, 2007
Lexington, KY- After three days of intense competition with 12 teams in
each hunter seat and western division vying for the Varsity Equestrian
National Championship, the University of South Carolina (USC) won its
second overall championship in three years at the Heart O' Texas Fair
Complex on Friday, April 20 after a nail biting head-to-head competition
in which both the western and hunter seat championships were tied going
into the final round.
Hosted by Baylor University, the sixth annual varsity collegiate riding
national championships kicked off Tuesday night with a banquet sponsored
by Luitpold Pharmaceuticals for all the affiliated colleges who were
participating in the event. Despite stormy conditions Tuesday night,
the weather cleared for the competition days. Under these sunny skies,
the USC Gamecocks were able to defend their third consecutive hunter
seat national team title and a national runner-up finish in western
riding to clinch their second overall national title in three seasons.
"To me this win means a lot more because this format I think is where we
are going as far as an NCAA Championship," South Carolina head Coach Boo
Duncan said. "Our team was competitive on both sides. It's very special
to win this. We were a little worried coming into today because we knew
we had won the overall title on Thursday so we didn't want everyone to
get too carried away with that coming into the championship rounds on
Friday. We really stuck to our guns and tried to stay organized and
focused today and did as well as I think we could do today."
The unique thing about collegiate riding is that all riders compete on
unfamiliar horses. Each rider is afforded only four minutes in the
warm-up ring on the unfamiliar horse before competing in front of the
judge. Each rider competes in a head-to-head match up against a rider
with the school they are paired up against.
The South Carolina hunter seat team steamrolled its way to a third
straight national title, dropping only four of its 24 individual
match-ups on the way to the title. Georgia gave the Gamecocks their
biggest test, but still fell by a 6-2 margin. South Carolina riders
Nicole Bourgeois, Lindsay Pace, and Kristen Terebesi competed all week
long without dropping a single match.
"We had a lot of confidence going into this weekend," Duncan said. "We
beat Georgia twice in the regular season so we were pretty confident
heading into the championship match. The more we rode this week, the
stronger we got."
Texas A&M won its second western national title in three years with an
extremely young squad. The Aggies won the national title with only one
upperclassman on the competition roster.
Despite falling to A&M in the western final, South Carolina's magical
western run was a key to the Gamecocks winning the overall national
title. South Carolina entered the championships as the No. 7 seed (of
Final Overall Team Standings
1. South Carolina 64
2. Texas A&M 42
3. Georgia 31
4. Kansas State 27
5. Oklahoma State 25
6. New Mexico State 21
7. Auburn 16
8. Baylor 11
Hunter Seat Final Standings
1. South Carolina
3. Kansas State
5. Oklahoma State
6. Texas A&M
7. Fresno State
Western Final Standings
1. Texas A&M
2. South Carolina
3. New Mexico State
4. Oklahoma State
6. Kansas State
Texas A&M won the inaugural national title in Gainesville, FL, in 2002;
the University of Georgia won the next two titles; in 2003 in College
Station, Texas, and in 2004 in Conyers, GA.
The 2008 Varsity Equestrian National Championships will again be held at
the Heart O' Texas Fair Complex in Waco.
For more information regarding these championships, please contact Chris
Harrell, Varsity Equestrian, at email@example.com or Stacey
Meier, USEF's Director of National Marketing at (859) 225-6974 or via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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