November 6, 2012
By Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA member Katy Krshka of Yukon, Oklahoma, will represent Oklahoma State University in the AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge. (Journal photo)
Mounted on unfamiliar American Quarter Horses, 16 collegiate equestrian riders will square off November 14 in the AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge. The competitors are afforded four minutes of warm-up time before they ride for the inaugural Challenge championship.
Eight student-athletes from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association and eight from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association will compete in the Wednesday prelims. The Challenge preliminaries, held in conjunction with the AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, will follow the junior western pleasure prelims, or at approximately 11 a.m., in the Performance Arena at State Fair Park. With the exception of the AQHA World Championship Show Sale on November 11, the Performance Arena is a ticketed arena; learn more about purchasing tickets for the AQHA World Show.
The top four riders will be invited to the Thursday night finals, set to kick off at 7 p.m. in the Jim Norick Arena. The inaugural Challenge roster is peppered with AQHA world, high-point and regional champions, so for many, the walk through the Gateway of Champions will be déjà vu.
The following riders will represent their school in the AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge:
Not only will the 16 riders be competing for their school’s honor and glory, but also for the title of the first-ever AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge champion and a championship plaque custom-designed by Award Recognition Concepts, AQHA’s new trophy company.
Spectators are encouraged to sport their favorite school’s colors and come ready to cheer for the best collegiate riders in the country.
Stay tuned to www.aqha.com/worldshow for official AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge coverage from The American Quarter Horse Journal. Be sure to follow @AQHAJournal on Twitter for Challenge updates, and use #AQHACollegiate and #AQHAWorld when you tweet.