Articles: Press Release
Brackets Released for Varsity Equestrian National Championships
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2009
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
This year, there will be twelve schools competing in Hunter Seat,
including Equitation Flat and Equitation Over Fences. There will also be
twelve schools competing in Western, including Horsemanship and Reining.
Eight individuals will be competing in each division (Hunter Equitation
Flat, Hunter Equitation Over Fences, Horsemanship and Reining) for the
Individual Championships in addition to the Team Championship.
The selected schools include:
Western Teams - Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University,
University of Georgia, Oklahoma State University, Kansas State
University, Baylor University, University of South Carolina, Auburn
University, New Mexico State University, South Dakota State University,
Fresno State University and University of Tennessee at Martin.
Hunter Seat Teams - Auburn University, University of Georgia, University
of South Carolina, Baylor University, Texas A&M University, Oklahoma
State University, Fresno State University, Kansas State University,
University of Tennessee at Martin, Texas Christian University, Southern
Methodist University and Delaware State University
These selected teams will compete Thursday, April 16 through Saturday,
April 18 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 Bobby T. Murphy assisted by Pat Duncan serving
as Managers and Course Designers. Competition Judges include Bonnie
Miller and Andrea Simons (Western) and Scott Alder and Randy Mullins
Following the bracket format, schools will compete in head-to-head
competition using the same set of borrowed 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 18.
There will be three national team champions crowned: Overall Team
Champions, Hunter Seat Team Champions and Western Team Champions. In the
Individual Competition, riders will compete for the title of Champion
Hunter Seat Individual and Champion Western Individual.
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.