COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M equestrian junior Kayla Briel competed in shows across the US this summer and returns for her third season in Aggieland with six more wins.
At the Tyler Show Jumping Classic, Briel (Coppell, Texas) was named Champion in Adult Hunters and took first in the Classic. She also won the Ariat Adult Medal and was crowned Champion in Adult Hunters at the Germantown Charity Horse Show. Briel’s final two wins – Grand Champion in Adult Hunters and Champion in High Children/Adult Jumpers – were earned at the Charleston Summer Classic.
Briel rode her own horse, Enlighten, in the hunters competitions and competed in jumpers on Let’s Play, a horse owned by Loretta Patterson.
“Let's Play is a five year old who was just recently sold. He was a blast to work with this summer, and I really enjoyed my time with him,” Briel said. “Although I was sad to see him go, I'm excited to see him grow and improve even more with his new mom. Enlighten was also sold this summer, which is very sad for me because I had him for five years. I am so proud of them. Both horses were in very competitive classes with some of the best competition around.
“Enlighten received many scores in the high 80s, which (thankfully) is pretty typical for him - he's a superstar. Let's Play's division does not score, it goes by time, and there were several times where he beat his competition by full seconds. He is really brave and fast, which was a great match for me because I'm definitely a go-getter when it comes to the jumpers. He was able to win Circuit Champion in Charleston by winning the most points over the course of the entire show (multiple weeks of competition combined). This summer prepared me for a big season with Aggie Equestrian.”
Briel and the Texas A&M equestrian team kick off the 2013-14 season with the squad’s annual Maroon & White Scrimmage on Sept. 20. The first official competition is set for Oct. 5 at Kansas State. To learn more about Texas A&M equestrian, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.