Articles: Press Release
Varsity Equestrian National Champion Brackets Released
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2008
By Stacey Meier
Lexington, KY - The Varsity Equestrian National Championships (VENC)
announced the collegiate teams that have been selected and seeded for
this year's competition, in conjunction with the United States
Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the American Quarter Horse Association
A total of twelve schools were chosen for both the hunter seat and
Western divisions to compete at the National Championships. The selected
teams will compete April 17-19 in Waco, Texas at the Heart O' Texas Fair
Complex. Wes Allison, President and CEO of the Heart O' Texas Fair
Complex, will be serving as the Facility Manager with Robert T. Murphy
of Lexington, KY as the Show Manager and Patrick Duncan of Wellington,
FL will serve as the Assistant Show Manager.
The competition will follow a bracket style format. The VENC Selection
Committee selects and seeds the teams based on current competition year
statistics. The No. 1 seed in the western division is Texas Christian
University, and the top seed on the hunter seat side is Oklahoma State
University. Visit www.varsityequestrian.com
to see the complete brackets.
Following the bracket format, schools will compete in head-to-head
competition using the same set of horses. Similar to most NCAA sporting
events, the winning team will advance through the winner's bracket until
the National Champions are determined Saturday, April 19. There will be
three national team champions crowned: Overall Team Champions, Hunter
Seat Team Champions and Western Team Champions. New for 2008 is the
addition of individual competition where riders will display their
skills for a chance to be crowned the Champion Hunter Seat Individual
and Champion Western Individual.
In 1998, NCAA Division I and II adopted legislation to identify
equestrian as an emerging sport for women. Since then, the sport has
gained in popularity among colleges and universities across the United
States. The USEF and the AQHA have teamed to promote the competition and
educate the industry about this growing sport.
For more information on Varsity Equestrian and complete coverage from
this year's competition, visit www.varsityequestrian.com
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation(r) is to provide
for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the
of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a
foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare
of its human and equine athletes.