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Varsity Equestrian National Championship Seedings Released

The Varsity Equestrian National Championships (VENC) has announced the collegiate teams that have been selected and seeded for this year’s competition in conjunction with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).

The VENC selection committee selects and seeds the teams based on current competition year statistics. A total of twelve schools were chosen for both the hunter seat and western divisions to compete at the national championships. The selected teams will compete in Waco, TX, at the Heart O’ Texas Fair Complex, April 18-20, 2007. The teams will compete in a bracket-style format, which was created for the first time last year after being accepted by the Varsity Equestrian Steering Committee.

The No. 1 seed in the western division is Texas A&M University, and the top seed on the hunter seat side is the University of South Carolina. Full seedings are listed below.

Following the bracket format, schools will compete in head-to-head competition using the same set of horses. Similar to most NCAA sporting events, the winning team will advance through the winner’s bracket until the national champions are determined on April 20, 2007. The winners receive a trophy for winning the tournament and there will also be trophies awarded to the best western team and best hunter seat team.

"AQHA is proud to support the involvement of young people with horses," said AQHA Executive Vice President, Bill Brewer. "The Varsity Equestrian program is a great partner in our efforts to provide equine activities to people of all ages and backgrounds."

"The Varsity Equestrian program is increasing the involvement of young people with horses." said USEF Chief Executive Officer John Long. "With the introduction of the bracket-style competition, the Varsity Equestrian program is poised for continued growth and the USEF is pleased to be a part of this effort."

In 1998, NCAA Division I and II adopted legislation to identify equestrian as an emerging sport for women. Since then, the sport has gained in popularity among colleges and universities across the United States. The USEF and the AQHA have teamed to promote the competition and educate the industry about this growing sport.

12 Team Hunter Seat Championship

South Carolina (1)

Oklahoma State (2)

Georgia (3)

Auburn (4)

Texas A&M (5)

Baylor (6)

Kansas State (7)

Fresno State (8)

UT Martin (9)

New Mexico State (10)

Stephen F. Austin (11)

Southern Methodist (12)

12 Team Western Championship

Texas A&M (1)

Georgia (2)

Kansas State (3)

Auburn (4)

New Mexico State (5)

Oklahoma State (6)

South Carolina (7)

Baylor (8)

Fresno State (9)

Texas Christian (10)

Stephen F. Austin (11)

South Dakota State (12)

Courtesy: The HorseTV Channel News, http://www.horsetv.com


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