Jacobs Set to Compete at AQHA Horsemanship Challenge

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M equestrian junior Molli Jacobs was chosen by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) riders to compete in the 2013 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horsemanship Challenge, this Wednesday and Thursday in Oklahoma City.

Jacobs (Dover, Ohio) joins eight other NCEA athletes from eight different universities in the competition, as a part of the AQHA Amateur World Show. Riders were picked based on 2012-13 individual statistics in horsemanship.

“Molli will represent us well at the AQHA Horsemanship Challenge,” Bass said. “She had a great sophomore year and thrives in this type of challenging environment.”

The Aggie standout received her first NCEA All-America title, being named Honorable Mention All-America after leading the Aggie horsemanship squad with a 7-4-2 record on the season and adding three Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors to the tally, including two against top-5 conference teams.

The preliminaries take place Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the finals will take place on Thursday evening.

Prelim rounds will be conducted in a head-to-head bracket format utilized by NCEA. Student-athletes will be randomly paired and compete against each other on the same horse. The person with the higher score on that horse advances to the next round. Once the field is narrowed to the final four, the challenge format will revert to IHSA-style for the final round. The remaining four student-athletes will be randomly assigned to an individual horse. All four will ride the rail, followed by their horsemanship pattern.

AQHA judges will officiate the event and horses are donated by AQHA Professional Horsemen. The Aggies are looking for a repeat as then-Texas A&M senior Carey Nowacek won the 2012 event.

2013 AQHA Horsemanship Challenge Participants
Kelly Boviard, Kansas State
Lauren Crivelli, Fresno State
Erin Gillette, TCU
Molli Jacobs, Texas A&M
Katy Krshka, Oklahoma State
Johnna Letchworth, South Carolina
Parris Rice, Baylor
Stephanie Rucci, Auburn
Alternate – Paige Stawicki, Georgia