Pioneers to Participate in the 3rd Annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge

Wellington, FL – January 12, 2012 – The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (formerly Varsity Equestrian) is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge to be held at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.  The finals of the event will take place on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the International Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

The tournament will be run in the NCEA head to head, bracketed format with sixteen top collegiate riders from all over the country.  Riders will compete over an equitation course with heights up to 3'6".  Competition will start at 2 pm with all sixteen riders in the Preliminary Round.  The eight winners will qualify for the finals in the evening, and the remaining eight will compete in a consolation bracket immediately following the Preliminary Round.  The horses will be on loan from local professionals and unfamiliar to the riders.  The winner of the Consolation Bracket will receive a trophy donated by Pierre and Martha Jolicoeur and the Champion will be presented a trophy sponsored by the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association.  The competition will also expand this year to include a four rider equitation on the flat tournament that will be run during the finals.

Special thanks to Jill Townsend, Marion Maybank, Bobby Murphy, Patrick Duncan, David Burton, Michael Stone, Martha Jolicoeur, South Florida Hunter Jumper Association and Katherine Bellissimo.

More information can be found at collegiateequestrian.com (also directed from varsityequestrian.com) and wellingtonwef.com.

Participating Schools and Riders

Auburn University

Baylor University

California State University, Fresno

Delaware State University

Florida State University (alternate)

Kansas State University

New Mexico State University

Oklahoma State University

Sacred Heart University

South Dakota State University

Southern Methodist University 

Texas A&M University

Texas Christian University

University of Georgia  

University of Miami

University of South Carolina

University of Tennessee Martin