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Texas Tech Equestrian Team members advance to Nationals in Raleigh

Texas Tech Equestrian Team members advance to Nationals in Raleigh

Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences will be sending two students to compete May 3-6 at the National Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s (IHSA) national championship in Raleigh, N.C.

At the zone competition recently held in Indiana, Haley Aydam was crowned Champion Open Equitation Over Fences and qualified to compete at the national event. Her teammate, Tobie Montelbano, also qualified. He was the Reserve Champion Reiner and will be representing Texas Tech in the Reining Division at the national contest.

“We are very excited and proud of these students,” said Jane Bagley, a visiting associate professor in equine science with Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences. “This is an awesome accomplishment and truly shows how dedicated they are.”

Aydam is among the few English riders to advance to nationals from Texas Tech and has been riding since she was six years old. She has enjoyed competing on the team for the past two years.

The Texas Tech Equestrian Team is open to any undergraduate student, regardless of major or classification, who wants to ride and compete. Tryouts for the team are held each year. The team competes in Zone 7, Region 1 of IHSA. The team is coached by Danica Jorgensen and Lindsey Overman.

The IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional, zone and national levels. The association was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level.

IHSA competition horses belong to the association and competitors draw for which horse they will use and are not allowed to practice on a particular horse before the competition. Eliminating the expense of shipping or even owning horses puts ISHA competitions within reach of many who would otherwise miss the equestrian experience.

Written by Kelsey Fletcher

CONTACT: Jane Bagley, visiting associate professor, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at 806-742-2805 or jane.bagley@ttu.edu

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