COLLEGE STATION, Texas‹The Texas A&M equestrian team has added three hunter seat riders to its 2007 recruiting class, hunter seat coach Linzy Woolf announced on Tuesday.
Joining the Aggies this fall will be Henrietta Armstrong (Wellington, Fla.),
Julie Pipoly (Toledo, Ohio), and Elizabeth Solch (Cincinnati).
Henrietta Armstrong is a 2007 graduate of Juno Beach Preparatory School. Armstrong was named Children¹s Hunter Grand Champion at the Capital Challenge in 2004 as well as the Children¹s Hunter Champion in Lake Placid that same year. Most recently, Armstrong captured the Adult Hunter Champion honor in Lake Placid this season. Armstrong is the daughter of Charlie and Marie Armstrong. Her trainers are Ken and Emily Smith and David Nation of Ashland Farms.
Julie Pipoly is a 2007 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Toledo,
Ohio. She was the 2005 Michigan Hunter Jumper Association (MHJA) High Children¹s/Adult Jumper champion as well as the MHJA Schooling Jumper champion. Pipoly earned first place at the Horse Shows by the Bay Series 2 Children¹s Jumper Classic in 2006 and was first as well in Chagrin Junior at the Amateur/Owner Jumper Classic. She graduated 10th among a class of 220 during the spring. Julie is the daughter of Daniel and Cynthia Pipoly and trained by Donna Rothman of Tenacity Farms.
Elizabeth Solch is a 2007 home school graduate from Cincinnati. During 2002, Solch was a member of the National Pony Jumper championship team, having won numerous individual classes and year-end awards at Class A and Class AA shows. In 2004, she was the Ohio Hunter Jumper Association Medal Finals champion while in 2006 she took third at the Brownland Country Grand Prix. Elizabeth is the daughter of Walter Solch and Joyce LaFontaine and is trained by David Beisel of David Beisel Stables in Loveland, Ohio.
³We are very excited about the depth that our entire signing class will
bring to the team,² Woolf said. ³I am really encouraged by the diverse
riding and showing experience of Henrietta, Julie, and Elizabeth. All three young ladies have a great amount of enthusiasm in becoming Aggies and I know that excitement will transfer to their riding and interaction with their teammates.²
With the addition of these three athletes, A&M has signed five hunter seat and two western riders to be part of the 2007-08 squad. The Aggies lost only a single rider in both hunter seat and western from the national show during the off-season, meaning this year¹s recruiting class will do nothing but bolster a team that won the Varsity Equestrian National Championship in western and finished as the No. 2 overall team this past April.
The Aggies signed Brooke Coleman (Houston), Haley Cooper (Southlake), Amanda Goldman (Shreveport, La.), and Randi Standley (Madisonville) during the fall signing period in November.