COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Eleven high school seniors signed national letters of intent to compete on the national champion Texas A&M equestrian team last week, head coach Tana McKay announced.
Western riders Kaci Fisher (Abilene), Rachel Lucht (College Station), Sarah McEntire (Four Oaks, N.C.), Annie Sloop (West Linn, Ore.), Jordan Soechting (New Braunfels) and Aubrey Videtich (Rockford, Mich.), along with hunter seat riders Isabella Norton (Alexandria, Va.), Anna Rea (Ponte Vedra, Fla.), Sophie Reiter (Summit, N.J.), Maddie Swem (Duxbury, Mass.) and Haley Webster (Brentwood, Calif.), will all join the Aggie program in the fall of 2013.
"I'm really pleased with this signing class,” McKay said. “All 11 riders are going to make a positive impact on this program and are among the best up-and-coming equestrian athletes in the country. We are looking forward to welcoming this outstanding signing class to our team next fall."
Name Discipline Hometown/High School
Kaci Fisher Horsemanship Abilene, Texas/Abilene
Rachel Lucht Horsemanship College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated
Sarah McEntire Reining Four Oaks, N.C./South Johnston
Isabella Norton Hunter Seat Falls Church, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School
Anna Rea Hunter Seat Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra
Sophie Reiter Hunter Seat Summit, N.J./Oak Knoll
Annie Sloop Reining West Linn, Ore./West Linn
Jordan Soechting Horsemanship New Braunfels, Texas/Canyon
Maddie Swem Hunter Seat Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury
Aubrey Videtich Horsemanship Rockford, Mich./Rockford
Haley Webster Hunter Seat Brentwood, Calif./Liberty
Fr-HS • Horsemanship • Abilene, Texas (Abilene HS)
Kaci Fisher trains with her father, Buddy Fisher … 2012 AQHYA World Show Top Ten Youth Performance Mares … Was a 2012 AQHYA World Show Semi-Finalist in Youth Western Horsemanship … Was Top Ten in Western Pleasure at the 2011 AQHYA World Show, where she was also a finalist in Youth Western Riding … 2011 AQHYA World Show Finalist in Youth Performance Mares … 2007 AQHYA World Show Finalist in Youth Trail.
Fr-HS • Horsemanship • College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated HS)
Rachel Lucht is a local product who trains at Capstone Ranch in College Station while attending A&M Consolidated High School … Has had multiple top-three placings at the 2012 ApHC Youth World Show … 2011 and 2012 Reichert Celebration Circuit Award winner … Currently Top 5 in the Nation in Youth in ApHC year-end standings.
Fr-HS • Reining • Four Oaks, N.C. (South Johnston HS)
Sarah McEntire attends South Johnston High School in Four Oaks, N.C. … Was the 2012 Non Pro Level 1&2 McGee Farms Futurity Champion … Crowned the South Eastern Reining Horse Association and Virginia Reining Horse Association Youth 14-18 Year End Champion in 2010 … Named Reserve Showman at the North Carolina State Fair in 2009 … Selected the 2010 Year End Champion for the Area 18 Cutting Horse Association and Carolina Cutting Horse Association in the $2000 Limited Rider Class, and was also the Reserve Champion for all of Area 18 … Currently serves as the Treasurer of the East Central Region FFA of North Carolina, the Johnston Fedreation Vice President, and the Secretary of the South Johnston High School FFA Chapter.
Fr-HS • Hunter Seat • Falls Church, Va. (St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School)
Isabella Norton trains with Kim Prince in Falls Church, Va. … Has competed at the Devon Horse Show for the past four years in the Junior Hunters and Equitation classes … In 2009 was the VHSA Junior Rider of the Year … Is a three-time top-10 finisher at Zone III Finals, including a third-place finish in 2012 … Was the 2012 Grand Champion High Children’s Jumper at Lake Placid … Qualified for the 2011 WIHS and PA National, where she ribboned in the Small Junior Hunters Younger category … Also garnered ribbons at Washington International and Harrisburg in the Junior Hunters division … Was a 2012 competitor in WIHS Finals, Maclay Regionals and USEF Finals … Earned top placings and ribbons at the WEF Winter Circuit and AA Competitions in 2012 in Hunters and Equitation Divisions.
Fr-HS • Hunter Seat • Ponte Vedra, Fla. (Ponte Vedra HS/St Johns Virtual School)
Anna Rea attends Ponte Vedra High School and St. Johns Virtual School … Trains with Ronnie Andersen at Ronnie Andersen Show Stables … Competed in Medal and Maclay, and New England Finals in 2012 … Earned second place in the 2012 Massachusetts Hunter Jumper Equitation Finals … Took Top Ribbons in 2012 in Ocala, Lake Placid and Vermont … Has a 3.7 GPA and is an AP scholar.
Fr-HS • Hunter Seat • Summit, N.J. (Oak Knoll HS)
Sophie Reiter trains with Robert Beck at Hunter’s Crossing in Long Valley, N.J. … Took sixth place at the National PHA Finals … Was the seventh-place finisher at the M&S Junior Medal Finals … Had successful showings at the Zone II ASPCA Maclay Regionals, USEF Medal Finals and Capital Challenge … Is the reigning NJSHA Gold Medal Champion … Is on the 2012 Honor Roll.
Fr-HS • Reining • West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS)
Annie Sloop attends West Linn High School in West Linn, Ore. … Owner of seven champion and reserve champion awards in 4-H over the past eight years … Was the 2009 4-H State Champion in Trail and the 2012 4-H State Champion in Horsemanship … As a member of the Oregon High School Equestrian Team (OHSET), was the 2010 District Reining Champion, 2011 State Reining Champion, 2011 All-Around High Point Versatility State Champion, the 2012 District Reining Champion and the State Reining Reserve Champion … Also competes in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) where she was the 2011 Reining in Oregon Champion in Youth Rookie, the 2012 Reining in Oregon Youth Champion and Youth Rookie Reserve Champion, and the Central Oregon Summer Slide Youth Rookie second-place finisher.
Fr-HS • Horsemanship • New Braunfels, Texas (Canyon HS)
Jordan Soechting trains with Brad Jewitt in San Antonio and is the sister of sophomore Aggie horsemanship rider Alyssa Soechting … Has had multiple Top 10 finishes at the All American Quarter Horse Congress … Was a 2012 State Qualifier for the AQHYA World Show Circuit … Was the Arizona Sun Circuit Champion … Attends Canyon High School in New Braunfels.
Fr-HS • Hunter Seat • Duxbury, Mass. (Duxbury HS)
Maddie Swem trains with Ronnie Andersen at the Ronnie Andersen Show Stables in Halifax, Mass. … Was the 2011 Taylor Harris National Children’s Medal Reserve Champion and the 2012 Low Junior Jumpers Champion at HITS … Is a three-time Antares Grand Reserve Circuit Champion in the Equitation Division at HITS … Was first overall at the WIHS Final Phase, third overall at the Massachusetts Hunter Jumper Junior Final and seventh overall at the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Classic, all in 2012 … Took 11th overall at the Marshall & Sterling National Junior Final in Saugerties, N.Y. in 2011, where she was also the 15/17 Equitation Division Champion the same year … Has numerous Top Ribbon finishes and has shown at Devon for the past three years in the Medal, Maclay, USET and WIHS … Is an honor roll student at DHS.
Fr-HS • Horsemanship • Rockford, Mich. (Rockford HS)
Aubrey Videtich trains with Michelle McCarthy-Warda and Brian Craig … Was the 2012 Michigan Quarter Horse Association (MQHA) Youth and Novice Youth All-Around Champion … Is the 2010 Michigan Justin Rookie of the Year and is currently leading for the national Justin Rookie of the Year … Has won numerous circuit championships … Was the North American International Livestock Expo (NAILE) Youth Showmanship, Horsemanship and Equitation winner and won under all three judges in Novice Horsemanship against a pool of 53 riders … In the Buckskin Horse Association of Michigan (BHAM) was the Year End All-Around High Point, Buckskin Congress All-Around Champion and Sportsperson of the Year in 2011 … Took State 4-H honors in 2010 as the Grand Champion in Western Horsemanship and the Reserve Champion in Equitation … A member of the Rockford High School Equestrian Team that took back-to-back District and Regional Championships and State Finalist finishes (2009-10).
Fr-HS • Hunter Seat • Brentwood, Calif. (Liberty HS)
Haley Webster trains with Patty Ball and Karen Healy … Took fourth in Region 8 at the 2012 Maclay Regionals … Was first in the 21-and-Under age group at the 2012 California Professional Horsemen’s Association (CPHA) Foundation Finals … Qualified for and competed in the USEF Finals in Harrisburg and the Maclay Nationals in Kentucky in 2012 … Attends Liberty High School in Brentwood, Calif.