NM State Equestrian Announces Signing Class
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  11/27/2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State Equestrian head coach Robin Morris-Walters announced the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Alexandra Byom, Katherine Graceon Ehrman, Morgan Matzdorff, Kyla Myers, and Hallie Padilla will join the western squad, while Megan Armijo and Nicole Jenson will be joining the hunter seat squad.

"We are excited to add these talented riders to our program," head coach Robin Morris-Walters said. "We realize they have many options when selecting a school, but we are proud that they have chosen to ride and spend their college career at NM State.  These recruits will add quality and depth to our team.”

Megan Armijo


Albuquerque, N.M.

Albuquerque Academy

Armijo joins the Aggie Equestrian team from Albuquerque, N.M., where she has had success in the hunter, jumper, and equitation rings. She was the 2011 NMHJA Champion in the Children’s Hunters, the 2011 NMHJA Reserve Champion in the age group Equitation, the 2012 NMHJA Reserve Champion in the age group Equitation, and the 2012 NMHJA Reserve Champion in the High Performance Hunters. In 2013, Armijo was third in the state of New Mexico in the age group Equitation and seventh in the Low Children’s/Adult jumpers. She is also a four-year letter winner with the United States Equestrian Federation.  Armijo is the daughter of Marty and Annette Armijo.

“Megan is going to be a great addition to our program,” assistant coach Jessica Steele said. “She has good show experience and has proven herself to be an excellent student. I am very excited to add her to the roster and see what she can do in the collegiate format”.

Alexandra Byom


Urbandale, Iowa

Urbandale High School

Byom will be joining the horsemanship squad and comes from Urbandale, Iowa, where she has been a regular competitor at AQHA shows throughout the Midwest earning points in Showmanship, Horsemanship, Western Pleasure and Performance Halter.  At the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress, she was a finalist in the 14-18 Novice Horsemanship.  In 2012, Byom made the Top-10 in the national Justin/AQHA Rookie of the Year race and showed her horse Moonlight Mocha to a seventh Place AQHA year-end finish in Youth Performance Mares.  Byom is an honors student at her high school and is active on the Yearbook staff, writes for the High School newspaper, and is a member of the Key Club.  She is the daughter of Thomas and Shawn Byom.

“I am thrilled that Lexie is joining the team and expect her to be a well-rounded student-athlete due to her proven dedication to her riding, schoolwork, and extracurricular activities,” said Morris-Walters. “She will be a great addition to the team.”

Kathryn “Graceon” Ehrman


Steubenville, Ohio

Steubenville Catholic Central High School

Ehrman hails from Steubenville, Ohio and will be joining the horsemanship squad next fall bringing with her experience from many major AQHA events.   She was the circuit champion in Youth Western Riding at the 2013 March to the Arch and Stars & Stripes circuits and picked up the circuit championship in Ranch Pleasure at the 2013 Big “A” circuit.  Ehrman has been Top-10 at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and rode for the state of Ohio in the 2013 NYATT horsemanship competition.   Ehrman has earned an AQHA Youth Superior in Horsemanship and is an AQHYA World Championship Qualifier and Semi-finalist.  She is the daughter of Dustin and Lilly Ehrman.

 “Graceon will be a great addition to our program,” Morris-Walters said.  “She comes to NM State with extensive show experience under the guidance of well-known trainers that have produced many successful collegiate equestrian athletes.  I look forward to seeing how she does in the collegiate head to head format for the Aggies.”

Nicole Jenson


St. Charles, Ill.

St. Charles North High School

Jenson hails from St. Charles, Ill., and will bring extensive experience in the equitation ring to the hunter seat squad. She has competed regularly and had success in the Pessoa, USET, Maclay, and National medal classes, and has qualified for the USET Medal Finals (East and West Coast), the Pessoa National Medal Final, and the Maclay Regionals. In 2013, Jenson was third in the Marshall Sterling Junior Medal Final. Also in 2013, Jenson finished fifth in the state of Illinois in the age group equitation and seventh in her zone.  She is the daughter of Scott and Debra Jenson.

“Nicole will add a lot of equitation know-how to our hunter seat squad,” said Steele, “She has great horse show experience and will definitely add to our team’s success. We’re looking forward to great things from Nicole and are very excited that she will be joining us at NM State.”

Morgan Matzdorff


Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Boulder Creek High School

Matzdorff, from Paradise Valley, Ariz., comes to NM State highly decorated in AQHA and APHA events and will bring proven experience to the horsemanship squad.  Matzdorff earned Championship honors in the Horsemanship and Equitation at the 2012 AQHA Novice West Championship and was named Reserve All-Around Youth.  Also in 2012 she was AJPHA Reserve World Champion in the Novice Youth Horsemanship and World Champion in the Novice Youth Horsemanship at the PtHA World Show.  In 2013 Matzdorff placed fifth in the 14-18 Horsemanship at the AJPHA World Championship and was named World Champion in the 14-18 Horsemanship at the PtHA World Championships.  Matzdorff is currently serving as President of the Arizona Junior Paint Horse Club.  She is the daughter of Dave Richey and Nikki Matzdorff.

“Morgan will bring a wealth of experience to the horsemanship squad,” Morris-Walters said. “She has had success at some of the nation’s top events in the horsemanship and is very driven.  I am confident she will transition to collegiate riding with ease and will make a significant impact on our horsemanship squad.”

Kyla Myers


Clovis, N.M.

Texico High School

New Mexico resident Kyla Myers from Clovis will be joining the Reining squad.  Myers is the 2012 ApHC World Champion in reining and has extensive experience at regional NRHA shows through Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.  She qualified for the 2013 NRHA Ariat Affiliate Finals held in Tulsa, OK.  She is the 2011 ApHC Reserve World Champion in reining.  In addition to reining, Myers has successfully shown in the all-around and gaming events aboard multiple horses.  Myers is an honor student at her high school and is active in horse judging and public speaking through 4-H and FFA.  She is the daughter of Kevin and Lexie Myers.

“Kyla is a lovely young lady with a passion for riding and competition.  I am pleased that she chose NM State,” said Morris-Walters.  “She’s a versatile rider with a lot of experience aboard multiple horses in different events that will certainly make the adjustment to collegiate riding a snap.  I am thrilled to bring on a great New Mexico rider and know Kyla will be a great addition to the Reining squad.” 

Hallie Padilla


Las Cruces, NM

Las Cruces High School

Las Cruces, NM native Hallie Padilla will join the horsemanship squad next fall.  Padilla comes to NM State with extensive experience showing at the AQHA major shows in horsemanship, western riding, and showmanship.  She is a three-time AQHYA World Championship Finalist and has 32 AQHA All-Around titles to her credit.  Padilla has been Top-10 at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in 14-18 Western Riding and Showmanship and twice made the finals in the Horsemanship.  She has AQHA Superiors in Horsemanship and Showmanship and many circuit awards.  Padilla is an honor student and a member of the national honor society at Las Cruces High, is active in her FFA chapter and will graduate with extensive college credit.  She is the daughter of Fig and Sue Padilla.

“I am excited that Hallie has decided to ride for NM State and look forward to her joining the horsemanship squad next fall,” said Morris-Walters. “Hallie has experience showing at the biggest quarter horse shows in the country with much success.  I am confident she will make a significant impact to our horsemanship squad.  In addition, she comes from a family of proud NM State Aggies; we are overjoyed that she will be continuing the tradition and representing her hometown here in Las Cruces at NM State.”

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