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Karianna Knezevich And Katlynn Crine Named UEC Riders Of The Month

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

WACO, TX - Sophomore Karianna Knezevich and senior Katlynn Crine have been named United Equestrian Conference Riders of the Month for September, the organization announced on Tuesday. This is Knezevich's second such honor this season for equitation over fences, after receiving the same recognition from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association earlier this month. This is Crine's first honor of the season for co-horsemanship.

A product of Katy, Texas, Knezevich posted a sterling 3-0 record in equitation over fences in September, including wins against Top-10 ranked opponents Baylor and Fresno State. She was named MVP at the Willis Invitational for her 83-82 victory over Alex Dirickson of Fresno State. During the month of September, Knezevich averaged a score of 80.33 and defeated opponents by an average margin of 7.67.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Karianna Knezevich Named NCEA Rider Of The Month For September

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

WACO, TX - Sophomore Karianna Knezevich of the New Mexico State equestrian team was tabbed the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Rider of the Month for September on Wednesday.

Knezevich, a Katy, Texas, native posted a perfect 3-0 mark in equitation over the fences in three contests – including victories over top-10 opponents from Baylor and Fresno State. In the team’s opening weekend at the Willis Invitational, Knezevich garnered MVP honors with a tight 83-82 win over Fresno State’s Alex Dirickson to give the Aggies a 313-302 edge in the equitation over the fences event.

Through three matches in September, she’s averaging a score of 80.33 and has defeated her opponents by an average of four points.

The Aggies travel to Columbia, S.C., next Friday, Oct. 21, as they square off against South Carolina.

NMSU To Phase Out University Funding Of Equestrian Program, Team To Compete In 2016-2017 Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University, along with the New Mexico State Athletics Department, announced today that the equestrian team will be allowed to compete in the 2016-2017 season. This will, however, be the final season for the team to be funded by the university.

“Our students are incredibly important to us,” said NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers. “As the university continues to be under enormous pressure to cut our budget by $12.1 million, we have spoken with our stakeholders repeatedly over the course of this process. However, we should have given more notice to our equestrian team. This final season will give them an opportunity to compete and to seek other opportunities if they choose. I have shared this decision with the chair of our Board of Regents and she concurs.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Discontinues Equestrian Program

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University, along with the New Mexico State Athletic Department, announced today that it would discontinue sponsorship of the equestrian team, effective with the 2016-2017 season. The decision was made after careful consideration following recent cuts to the university’s budget due to declining state funding and declining enrollment. Importantly, the athletics department will fully honor the scholarships of its current equestrian student-athletes for the remainder of their eligibility.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Seven Aggies Earn NCEA Academic All-American Honors

WACO, TX – The National Collegiate Equestrian Association has announced the Beval Saddlery Academic Teams and the La Hacienda Academic Honor Roll, recognizing student-athletes for success both in the arena and in the classroom during the 2015-16 academic year.

These student-athletes were honored at the NCEA Championship last week in Waco, Texas.

The criteria for the awards is listed below:

Beval Saddlery Academic First Team

Must have competed in a minimum of 70 percent of their school’s meets, not including demo or exhibition rides. Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 while maintaining full-time enrollment in the previous spring and fall semesters, respectively.

Beval Saddlery Academic Second Team  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Equestrian Finalizes 2015 Signing Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - On Wednesday, NM State head coach Robin Morris-Walters announced the addition of five more riders to the equestrian team for the upcoming season.

Quinn Brandt, Austin Brewer, Kaitlin Nelson, Erica Rosinski and Haylee Schoonover will round out the equestrian team’s 2015 signing class.

Brandt will join the Aggies from Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada and will focus on horsemanship. Brandt participated in the 2012 and 2014 Youth World Cup for Team Canada, where she placed in both horsemanship and showmanship. She is a multiple Canadian National Quarter Horse Show Champion and had numerous year-end high point awards in the Manitoba Quarter Horse Association. She is an American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Championship qualifier, has 26 AQHA All-Around awards to her credit and has earned the AQHA Youth Championship merit award.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Equestrian Places 13 On NCEA Academic Teams

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

WACO, TX - New Mexico State had 13 student-athletes receive academic honors on Wednesday as the National Collegiate Equestrian Association announced the Beval Saddlery Academic Teams and the La Hacienda Academic Honor Roll.

The teams recognize student-athletes for success both in the arena and in the classroom during the 2014-15 academic year.

The Aggies placed eight riders on the Beval Saddlery NCEA Academic First Team to join South Carolina, who placed nine riders on the first team, as the schools with the most first team selections. NM State added two more on the second team and two honorable mentions.

Seniors Marissa Bartmann, Brynn Larson and Amber Tassel lead the Aggie contingent on the first team, and are joined by juniors Chelsea Brady, Julie Frey, Elizabeth Solomon, Rianna Storey and sophomore Jaimie Story.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Newkirk And Storey Earn Rider Of The Month Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Haley Newkirk and Rianna Storey were named Reining Rider and Horsemanship Rider for the month of January, the United Equestrian Conference announced.

Newkirk, a junior from Porterville, Calif., posted a 2-1 record in Reining in the month of January, including competitions against a pair of top-10 teams on the road. She averaged a score of 69.3 over the course of three meets, earning wins against opponents from Baylor and Delaware State.

Storey, a junior from Cambridge, Ontario, logged a 2-0-1 record in Horsemanship for the month of January, including competitions against a pair of top-10 teams on the road. She averaged a score of 73.3 for the week. She tied her opponent from No. 1 Baylor and earned wins over opponents from Delaware State as well as nationally ranked Texas A&M.

Elizabeth Solomon Named NCEA Equitation On The Flat Rider Of The Month

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State senior Elizabeth Solomon has been named the National Collegiate Equestrian Association's Equitation On The Flat Rider of the Month while helping the equestrian team to three victories in the month of October over Tennessee Martin, Fresno State and South Dakota State respectively.

Individually Solomon earned a 4-0 record in Equitation On The Flat for the month of October with two of her victories coming away from home. She also earned two MVP honors during the month of October and averaged a score of 73.5 for the month.

Elizabeth Solomon Named Equitation Over Fences Rider Of Month

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

WACO, TX - Elizabeth Solomon has been named Equitation Over Fences Rider of Month for September, as determined by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association and its selection committee honoring standout performances from the opening month of collegiate equestrian.

Solomon, a senior from Midland, Pa., posted a 2-0 record in Equitation Over Fences for the month of September, with both victories coming on the road. In Solomon’s win against her opponent from then-No. 5 Kansas State, she achieved a new personal-best score of 86 and earned MVP honors.

The Aggies return to action Friday, Oct. 17 and welcome Tennessee Martin to town.