WACO, Texas — The National Collegiate Equestrian Association’s (NCEA) National Championship concluded on April 20 at the Extraco Events Center with several local riders making the trip.
Auburn University took home the 2019 hunt seat title. There are riders from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania on the team but none rode in the finals.
The runners up University of Georgia equestrian team won three event national champion titles including Equitation Over Fences.
After falling to the Auburn Equitation Over Fences squad in the team national championship, Georgia bounced back to take the title in the event championships. In her last ride in the red and black, senior Emma Mandarino of Bedminster, N.J. tied with Auburn's Ashton Alexander's 245.
Delaware State’s Equestrian program Reiners became the first team in program history to reach the semifinals of the NCEA championships.
Delaware State, seeded 10th in the tournament, stunned No. 2 Oklahoma State 4-0 to advance to the final four. In the Hornets’ sweep of Oklahoma State, Shelbe Jarrett, of New Alexandra, Pa. turned in a winning performance and went two for three overall in the tournament.
The Hornets’ championship hopes came to an end, however, with a 3-1 loss to Georgia.
Delaware State advanced to the quarterfinals on the strength of a 3-1 victory over No. 7 Tennessee Martin in the opening round.
The Delaware State Fences team fell to Sweet Briar in an eight-nine match-up that was decided by total points. Each team had two winning rides, but the Vixens held an 845-832 points advantage.
Zoe Kirsch, of Pittstown, N.J. riding on “Cartoon,” collected a point for the eighth-seeded Hornets with a score of 217.
No. 3 seeded Baylor University (9-5) fell 10-6 to No. 6 Georgia in the quarterfinals.
In the flat, Madison Day, of Brick, N.J., who recently earned All America honors, scored a 218 on Ollie and put BU on the scoreboard. In the second half of the competition, the Bears struggled to maintain a narrow lead, eventually falling 3-1 in fences and 4-0 in reining, bringing the overall score to 10-6. Day pocketed the lone point of the second half for the Bears with a 242 in fences.
Madison Sellman of Honeoye Falls, N.Y. helped the South Carolina Equitation on the Flat team advance to the championship round.
In the Horsemanship quarterfinals, the Gamecocks earned the raw score victory, 2-2, 866.5-862.5. Sloane Vogt, of Berlin, Pa.won the point after her performance went under video review. The score of 211.5-203, put the team on top in the raw score.
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