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Alicia Daugherty reigns at Collegiate NRHA Championship

Texas Tech University senior Alicia Daugherty tied for second place at the 2009 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Collegiate Reining Championship on Saturday (June 27) at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. Daugherty, one of 12 riders to compete, earned a score of 214.50 aboard ‘The Ultimate Magnum,’ owned by Jean Piper of Madisonville.

Twelve riders from both varsity and non-varsity schools were selected for the Collegiate Reining Championship competition, which is held in conjunction with the NRHA Derby. Four riders were chosen based on performance at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships (VENC), four more were chosen based on performance at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships, while the final four were selected based on their non-collegiate performance in the sport of reining over the past two years.

Daugherty is the current Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Individual Reserve National Champion in Reining.

Lyndsey Jordan of Auburn captured the title after earning a score of 218. Oklahoma State’s Bri Parnell and Georgia’s Kate Stewart tied for fourth with scores of 212 apiece. The results were:
• Lyndsey Jordan, Auburn 218
• Maggie Gratny, Texas A&M 214.50 / Alicia Daugherty, Texas Tech, 214.50
• Bri Parnell, Oklahoma State, 212 / Kate Stewart, Georgia, 212
• Katelyn Morehead, Findlay, 211.50
• Nichole Grant, Georgia, 211
• Helen Lauth, South Dakota State, 210.50
• Keith Ceddia, Ohio State, 209 / Chloe Gray, South Carolina, 209
• Renae Burks, West Virginia, 207.5
• Carrie von Uhlit, TCU, 206

Daugherty, an agricultural communications major from Alpine, is the first rider in school history to compete in this invitational event. Daugherty, who is coached by Robin Morris, will resume competition with the equestrian team in the fall.

Written by Norman Martin

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

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