BRICK, N.J. — When the National Collegiate Equestrian Association announced its Ariat All-America Teams Madison Day of Brick, N.J. was listed as honorable mentions in both equitation on the flat and over fences.
A junior at Baylor, Day inherited her love of horses from her mother. “She started putting my sister and I on horses as soon as we were old enough and I started competing when I was about 7 years old. My passion only continued to grow and I competed in the hunters and equitation throughout middle and high school,” Day said.
In National Collegiate Equestrian Association meets, five riders from each team compete in each event in head-to-head competitions. Five horses are selected for each event. Each rider is paired with one of the five horses in a random draw before the competition. She is able to watch the horse warm up and receives four minutes to practice on her assigned mount before competing. Riders from opposing teams compete on the same horse. Each rider receives a score, and the rider with the highest score earns the point for team.
During the 2018-19 school year, Day rode in nine meets, earned one most outstanding performer award and won six matches each in equitation on the flat and over fences.
In Big 12 Conference action, Day was 2-1 on the flat and 3-0 in fences.
In the conference championships she earned the point as Baylor equestrian (9-4) edged host and No. 3 Oklahoma State to claim its fourth Big 12 title in program history on March 30 at Totusek Arena in Stillwater, Okla.
At the conclusion of the meet, Day was named the Equitation over Fences Rider of the Year and earned All-Big 12 honors in fences and equitation on the flat. She was also named to the All-Big 12 flat team.
“I am very excited and thankful for my All-America honors,” Day said, “This has been a great year for both the team and I and I am extremely grateful I have the opportunity to represent Baylor Equestrian with this award. My coaches and teammates push me to be better every day and it’s rewarding to see the hard work pay off.”
Day is majoring in management information systems (MIS). “My plans after college are getting a full-time job within MIS or consulting. I have grown to love Texas and hope to stay here in either Dallas or Austin. I will continue riding and will eventually get a horse of my own again. I would like to get a jumper and start competing again,” she said.
The third-seeded Bears face No. 6 Georgia in the team bracket of the NCEA Championships on Thursday, April 18 at 8:35 a.m. at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. The individual events are underway.
See updates on the championships at http://www.collegiateequestrian.com/championshipsawards/2019championship/
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