TEXAS TECH STUDENT HEADING FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 14, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 13, 2005
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LUBBOCK – For the third time in four years, a rider from the Texas Tech equestrian
team has qualified for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s National Championships.
Robin Morris, a junior range management student from Colorado City, earned reserve
championship honors during last weekend’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s
Zone 7 Championship at Colorado State University.
Morris earned her championship in the Open Horsemanship division, the highest level
of intercollegiate competition. In doing so, she earned the right to compete at the
intercollegiate national championship competition.
The top six riders in Zone 7 converged on the Colorado State University equestrian
center last Saturday to vie for the two national berths. Only the top two riders placing
in each division advance to the national finals.
In the open horsemanship class, riders navigate their mounts at a walk, jog and lope
through a pattern. Competitors are judged on their accuracy, position in the saddle
and ability to control the horse.
Riders draw horses to ride at random from a pool of mounts provided by the host university.
They are not permitted to practice with the horses before entering the arena for their
Texas Tech had another rider compete at the zone finals. Senior psychology student
Marilee Carroll, a native of Richardson, Texas, placed fourth in the Open Equitation
over Fences competition, narrowly missing a national championship berth.
In 2004, Morris was selected to represent the American Quarter Horse Youth Association
at the Youth World Cup in Dubbo, Australia.
CONTACT: Robin Morris, student assistant in the Department of Range, Wildlife and
Fisheries, Texas Tech University, (806) 543-0902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.