Fourth-Annual WEF Collegiate Equitation Challenge Set For Feb. 8
WELLINGTON, Fla. – Featuring the finest collegiate riders, the National Collegiate Equestrian Association will conduct the fourth-annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge as part of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla. The finals of the event will be held Friday, February 8 at 7 p.m. ET in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
The event will be conducted utilizing the NCEA head-to-head bracketed format with the 16 top collegiate riders from across the country. Participating riders will compete over an equitation course that features heights up to three feet, six inches.
Competition begins at 2 p.m. ET with the preliminary round, which includes each of the 16 riders. The eight winners qualify for the finals to be held in the evening session at 7 p.m. ET, while the remaining eight horses will contest a consolation bracket immediately following the preliminary round. For the second consecutive year, the competition will include a four-rider equitation on the flat tournament that will occur during the finals.
The horses will be on loan from local professionals and unfamiliar to the riders. The winner of the consolation bracket will take home a trophy donated by Pierre and Martha Jolicoeur, while the champion will be presented a trophy sponsored by the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association.
A complete list of the participating riders:
Participating Schools and Riders
- Alyssa Berfield, Delaware State
- Kimberly HewsonBudnik, Fresno State
- Olivia Dorey, Georgia
- Amber Henter, South Carolina
- Allison Joyce, Oklahoma State
- Katie Miranda, UT-Martin
- Catherine Sarosy, Miami (Ohio)
- Rachel Webster, Kansas State
- Emily McConnell, New Mexico State
- Julianna Fischer, SMU
- Samantha Schaefer, Baylor
- Demi Stiegler, TCU
- Jennifer Waxman, Auburn
- Emily Williams, Texas A&M
- Santana Wright, South Dakota State
- Caroline Woods, Florida Atlantic
Equitation on the Flat Spotlight
- Kara Bergenty, UT-Martin
- Larissa Laffey, Kansas State
- Paige Russell, Texas A&M
- Megan Violand, South Dakota State