Aggie Equestrian Adds Two Western Riders To Roster

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Aggie western Equestrian coach Ashley Thompson announced Monday afternoon that Rebecca McReynolds and Tonna Brooks will join the Aggies this fall. McReynolds and Brooks will be key components to an already stellar Western roster, as both will compete in horsemanship and reining.

McReynolds, a native of Anthony, N.M., has been riding competitively for 15 years, earning multiple PHBA World championships in reining, western riding and ranch horse. She’s also qualified numerous times for the AQHYA world championships and will be competing next month at the AQHYA and PHBA world shows in Oklahoma City, Okla.

“I am very excited to have Rebecca as part of the NMSU equestrian team,” Thompson said. “She will be a perfect fit to the program. She has had an excellent upbringing which has taught her to be very dedicated and hard working. With her talent and riding abilities, I am looking forward to her having a very successful collegiate career.”

Brooks, a native of Oregon, has transferred to NMSU from Texas A&M, where she earned more wins out of any western rider in school history in the varsity format. She compiled a record of 47-15 during her three years of collegiate competition. Brooks had a flawless season of 17-0 during her sophomore year and has earned multiple MVP honors. She has been competing in AQHA All-Around events for 19 years. Brooks was high point Amateur in the USEF reining seat medal in 2004, named high point in horsemanship at the 2002 AQHYA World Cup and was first in cutting and hunter under saddle. She was a member of the U.S. World Cup team in Italy in 2000 and had two top ten finishes at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, while earning more than 50 AQHA All-Around titles.

“I feel so honored that Tonna has chosen to attend NMSU,” Thompson said. “She is one of the most experienced and successful riders in Varsity Equestrian history. She will have the ability to take the program to the next level.”