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Tech equestrians make regional championship run

Fresh off victories earlier this season at West Texas A&M, North Central Texas College, and Louisiana State University, Texas Tech University’s equestrian team has now added to its 2008-2009 season accolades by earning championship titles at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 7, Region 2 Hunt Seat and Western Regional Championships.

Hunt Seat Regional Championship. The Red Raiders had two individual qualifiers compete at the Hunt Seat Regional Championship held March 1 at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Lindsey Mortimer, a junior general studies major from Austin, won the Intermediate Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat competition and earned Reserve Champion honors in Intermediate Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences.

Chelsea Hosmer, a sophomore marketing major from Tucson, Ariz., was the Reserve Champion in the Novice Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat and placed fourth in the Novice Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences competition. Both Mortimer and Hosmer will compete April 5 at the IHSA Hunt Seat Zone 7 Championship at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Western Regional Championship. In addition to winning Reserve Champion Team honors for Zone 7, Region 2 at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center on March 8, the Texas Tech Western Team also had eight individual riders qualify for the IHSA Western National Semi-Final Championships held March 21-22 at West Texas A&M. They were:
• Alicia Daugherty, a junior agricultural communications major from Alpine (Champion – Open Reining and Open Western Horsemanship)
• Chelsea Campbell, a freshman agricultural communications major from Hereford (Champion – Advanced Western Horsemanship)
• Amanda Cage, a senior animal science major from Ponder (Third Place – Advanced Western Horsemanship)
• Stacy Jobs, a sophomore biology major from Columbus (Champion – Intermediate Western Horsemanship)
• Cristina Talcott, a junior landscape architecture major from New Braunfels (Reserve Champion – Intermediate Western Horsemanship)
• Kelsey Lieurance, a freshman animal science major from El Paso (Champion – Novice Western Horsemanship)
• Jessica Jarvis, a sophomore animal science major from Spearman (Reserve Champion – Novice Western Horsemanship)
• Cheryl Hensley, a senior animal science major from Lubbock (Reserve Champion – Beginner Western Horsemanship)

National Championship Run. If riders in their respective disciplines qualify at their respective Zone Championship Shows, they’ll advance to the IHSA National Championship Show held April 23-26 at Middle Tennessee State University, said Robin Morris, coach of the Tech Equestrian Team and a graduate student in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

Written by Sean Cleveland

CONTACT: Robin Morris, coach, Texas Tech University Equestrian Team, (806) 742-2805, or robin.k.morris@ttu.edu

 

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