Georgia equestrian Heather Schmidt will participate in the 2014 AQHA (American Quarter horse Association) Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge set for November 19-20 as part of the AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The NCEA selection committee selects eight riders, all rising student-athletes in 2014-15, using 2013-14 individual statistics for horsemanship. The eight riders will represent eight different institutions.
Schmidt, an All-SEC and Second Team All-American selection, finished with 10 wins during the 2013-14 regular season. She led all Georgia Horsemanship riders with three MOP honors. Schmidt posted a season-best score of 78.5 against Auburn, besting her previous season-high of 77, which came against South Carolina. Those two scores were the highest posted by a Georgia rider in the event this season. Her score of 78.5 also tied for the top score posted by an SEC Horsemanship rider this season and was also the highest by an SEC rider against SEC competition. Seven of her wins came on the road this season.
During the SEC regular-season, Schmidt posted a 4-2 record that included three road wins and two MOP honors. She earned MOP honors in the first SEC meet of the year with a score of 77 against South Carolina. She also posted MOP honors when she rode to a score of 78.5 at Auburn. In addition to her All-American honor, Schmidt was both the NCEA and SEC Rider of the Month in November.
The preliminaries take place Wednesday, November 19 beginning at 11 a.m. CT, while the finals are for 5:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, November 20.
2014 AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge Participants:
Samantha Chiodo, South Carolina
Lauren DeVoe, New Mexico State
Sydney Elliot, Fresno State
Lindsey McMullen, Oklahoma State
Megan McMullen, TCU
Elizabeth Niewonja, South Dakota State
Logan Pluhar, Texas A&M
Heather Schmidt, Georgia
First Alternate: Lucy Igoe, Auburn
Second Alternate: McKenzie Perry, UT-Martin