Two members of the Texas A&M equestrian team shined at major events this summer before returning to Aggieland for the 2012-13 season.
Senior Emily Williams won the Maryland Horse Show Association (MHSA) Adult Medal Finals for the second year in-a-row. Rising sophomore Haley Buchmiller earned her 20th United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation win and achieved her gold medal.
Williams (Woodbine, Md.) took her second MHSA Hunter Seat win in a field of 27 qualifying riders on Aug. 4 at the Bay State Classic Horse Show. The Aggie All-American bested 23 riders in the same event last year. To qualify for the three-test competition of fences, flat and a final test, Williams had to finish in the top 30 of the season’s MHSA adult standings.
Buchmiller (Bartlett, Ill.) became just the 86th rider in history to reach USET gold since 1967. Achieving her 20th USET win, the sophomore plans to attend the Platinum Performance/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East this fall in Gladstone, N.J. To qualify for the Finals, riders must earn 30 points within the one-year qualifying period. Buchmiller earned 60 points to reach the event. This is the sophomore’s third time to compete in the Talent Search Finals.
The Aggies kick off the 2012 season with a Sept. 15 Maroon & White Scrimmage before riding at South Dakota State on Sept. 22. To learn more about Texas A&M equestrian, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.