LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Equestrian head coach Audrey Buck announced the signing of Haley Newkirk and Jaimie Story to National Letters of Intent. Both riders will compete on the Western side in the Reining competition.
"We are excited to be adding these young ladies to our program," head coach Audrey Buck said. "We realize they have many choices when it comes to selecting a school, but we are proud that they have chosen to ride and spend their college career at NM State. We are confident they will help us continue to build our program."
Newkirk, a native of Porterville, Calif., currently ranks seventh in the NRCHA Youth Limited National standings and second in the NRCHA Youth Limited Southwest standings. In 2010, Newkirk was the Valley Cow Horse Association Reserve High Point Youth Limited Champion, while claiming multiple wins in National Reined Cow Horse Association events throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona. She is a three-year scholar athlete at Porterville HS and was co-captain of Porterville water polo team. Newkirk is trained by Russell Dilday and is the daughter of Monty and Dana Newkirk.
"I am thrilled that Haley has chosen to come ride for NM State and we are excited for her to join the squad in the fall," assistant coach Robin Morris Walters said. "Haley has had the opportunity to work with some great trainers, is a strong rider and has extensive experience in the arena. I am confident she will transition to our format with ease."
Story, a native of Beaverton, Ore., earned top five placing at AjPHA World Championship Show in the Youth Team Tournament and was the Oregon Quarter Horse Association Beginning Reining Buckle Winner. Story was the winner of multiple placings and circuit awards throughout Oregon and Washington. An Oregon High School Equestrian State Championship qualifier, Story is also on the Southridge High School Academic Honor Roll. She is trained is Wayne and Tory Brooks and is the daughter of Jim and Anne Story.
"Jaimie will be a great addition to our program and we are excited that she chose to ride for NM State," Morris Walter said. "Jaimie originally showed in the all around events, but now specializes in the reining and currently trains with Wayne and Torry Brooks, who have coached several talented young riders that have excelled in our competition format. We look forward to great things from Jaimie and are proud she will be joining the team."
The Aggies will be back in action on Jan. 27-28, in Martin, Tenn., as they face Tennessee-Martin and Kansas State.