LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore Hunter Seat rider Laura Bostwick will represent New Mexico State this coming weekend at the 2nd Annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge to be held at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla.
Bostwick will be competing against Baylor's Kendra Vicary in the first round.
"I chose Laura for this competition because she has been one of the most consistent riders I have had this year," head coach Audrey Van Eman said. "She has a great attitude and work ethic and is extremely confident in her riding. I feel confident taking her to this event. The Collegiate Equitation Challenge is a great event to go to because it showcases each school and the quality of rider at each school. Laura will be representing NM State against the other top 15 schools in the country. This is one of the top national shows in the country and it's a great honor to compete in this type of event."
The challenge will be run in the Varsity Equestrian head-to-head, bracketed format with sixteen top collegiate riders from all over the country. Riders will compete over an equitation course with heights up to 3-feet 6-inches. Competition will start at 12:00 p.m. (MT) with all sixteen riders in the preliminary round. The eight winners will qualify for the finals in the evening, which begin at 5 p.m. (MT), and the remaining eight will compete in a consolation bracket immediately following the preliminary round.
Bostwick had a solid fall season for the Aggies, going 2-2 in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences. She earned three MVP honors as well against Baylor and Miami-Ohio in equitation over Fences and another against Delaware State in Equitation on the Flat.