McConnell to Compete at Winter Equestrian Festival
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/04/2013
Las Cruces, N.M. – Junior Hunter Seat rider Emily McConnell will represent the New Mexico State equestrian team, Feb. 8, in the fourth-annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge as part of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. McConnell is 4-3 on the season in Equitation over Fences with one MVP honor.


This past weekend against Baylor, McConnell won both her Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences head-to-head match ups. She defeated Baylor’s Lindsey Otis 76-71 in the Flat competition, while handling Sue Carol Thompson, 85-78.


The event will be conducted utilizing the NCEA head-to-head bracketed format with the 16 top collegiate riders from across the country. Participating riders will compete over an equitation course that features heights up to three feet, six inches.


Competition begins at 12 p.m. MT with the preliminary round, which includes each of the 16 riders. The eight winners qualify for the finals to be held in the evening session at 5 p.m. MT, while the remaining eight horses will contest a consolation bracket immediately following the preliminary round. For the second consecutive year, the competition will include a four-rider equitation on the flat tournament that will occur during the finals.

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