Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
WACO, TX – Sophomores Rebecca McReynolds and Chelsae Keyes wrapped up competition at the 2010 Varsity Equestrian National Championships this weekend in Waco, Texas at the Heart O’ Texas Fair Complex. McReynolds took second-place in the individual Reining competition, falling by just a half-a-point to Texas A&M’s Maggie Gratny, 133-132.5.
"Rebecca did a tremendous job throughout the entire individual competition and today's championship round was no exception," head coach Andrea Hanson said. "She was a great competitior this weekend and put NM State on the map. Rebecca is a great rider and student-athlete and is everything we look for in a competitor."
"Chelsae and myself started the weekend out with solid rides and wonderful support from our teammates," McReynolds said. "It was honor to compete in the individual competition and represent my team and the university. I thank my teammates and coaches for all their support this weekend."
Both McReynolds and Keyes accomplished something that has never happened in program history, as Keyes became the first Hunter Seat rider to compete in the individual competition, while McReynolds is the first NM State rider to make the championship round.
McReynolds would lose her team point in the team competition on Thursday but stormed back in the Reining individual competition, beating Tara Hallan of Kansas State in round one and Carrie von Uhlit of TCU in round two. She then went head-to-head against Gratny of Texas A&M, coming up just short, but earning an impressive second place overall.
Keyes entered the Equitation on the Flat at the seventh seed and faced Michelle Morris of Georgia. She would fall in round one but not before becoming the first Hunter Seat rider at NM State to earned a spot in the individual competition.
"To be considered as one of the top-8 riders in any of the disciplines in Hunter Seat or Western is a tremendous honor," Hanson said. "Chelsae came out this weekend and rode very well. We are proud of both Rebecca and Chelsae."