WELLINGTON, Florida -- Texas A&M sophomore Hannah Williams placed third at the Winter Equitation Festival (WEF) Collegiate Equitation challenge, Friday at International Arena.
“Hannah worked really hard to prepare for this event and I’m proud of her effort,” Texas A&M Associate Head Coach Linzy Woolf said. “Despite the outcome, it was a fun experience.”
Williams and fifteen other collegiate athletes – 12 from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) and four from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) – competed in an equitation over fences course in a head-to-head bracket-style meet.
The Woodbine, Md., native defeated New Mexico State’s Emily McConnel, 81-68 in preliminaries to advance to the quarterfinal round, where she beat San Diego State’s Santana Wright, 81-77. In the semifinals, Williams was matched against Oklahoma State’s Samantha Elser, dropping an 80-75 decision to finish third.
WEF is the world's largest and longest running equestrian competition. The 12-week event hosts more than 5000 horses from 50 states and 31 countries and is held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
Williams, who is 5-2 this year over fences, joins the No. 10 Texas A&M equestrian team at Auburn on Saturday, Feb. 15 for a Southeastern Conference meet. To learn more about Texas A&M Equestrian, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.