Freshman Rider Earns Big Wins in New England

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COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M freshman hunter seat rider Brooke Coleman (Houston) captured two big wins at the prestigious Cape Cod Hunter Finals in Massachusetts on Sept. 8.

Coleman, the only Texan in the competition, won the Cape Cod Junior Medal Final consisting of more than 30 top-flight junior riders from the New England area. Coleman had to accumulate a minimum number of points by winning other competitions during the year just for the opportunity to ride, much less win, the Medal Final competition.

³Medal/Equitation Finals are significant because not everyone or anyone that hops on a horse can do them,² Coleman said. ³Equitation is very technical and difficult riding. It¹s the rider¹s job to guide the horse around a challenging course accurately while making it look easy, effortless, smooth, and pretty. To get to finals requires a lot of hard work and dedication.²

Later that same day, Coleman won the New England Medal class, which qualified her to compete at the New England Finals in Massachusetts in mid-October. Coleman will try to improve on a fourth-place finish (out of 200 riders) in that event from a year ago.

³We are really proud of Brooke and all of her personal accomplishments,² A&M English coach Linzy Woolf said. ³She has really worked hard over the years and it certainly has paid off. Her experience in all of the medal finals will be a huge asset to her riding career at Texas A&M and our team.²

The Texas A&M equestrian team will begin its season on Sunday against Stephen F. Austin. The show is set to start at noon at Freeman Arena in College Station. Freeman Arena is located on the west side of FM 2818/Harvey Mitchell Parkway, approximately one mile north of University Drive.