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Lucht Shines at 2013 ApHC Youth World Championships

August 27, 2013
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M equestrian incoming freshman Rachel Lucht took one world title and two reserve world championships at the 2013 Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) Youth World Championships this summer.

The College Station product was named the Hunter in Hand Geldings World Champion, the Hunt Seat Equitation Reserve World Champion and the English Showmanship Reserve World Champion to round out a successful showing at the event in late June-to-early July.

Lucht competed against 41 Hunter in Hand riders, was in a pool of 60 for English Showmanship and rode with 33 competitors in Equitation. She will compete in horsemanship for the Aggies starting this fall.

“Winning the World Championship and two Reserve World Championships was the most amazing way to end my youth career on my horse Lads Sunny Reflexion, or ‘Jethro’. Hunter in Hand was won out of 41 entries and I definitely was not expecting the victory. My two reserve world championships were in pattern classes and it felt amazing to be recognized for Jethro's and my ability to communicate as a team after the four world shows we have competed in together. Starting a new career as a student-athlete at Texas A&M will allow me to showcase all that I have learned from Jethro’s and my youth career as well as improve on my riding abilities.”

Lucht and the Texas A&M equestrian team look forward to the team’s second season in the Southeastern Conference, beginning with the squad’s annual Maroon & White Scrimmage on Sept. 20. The Aggies’ first official competition of the 2013-14 season is on Oct. 5 at Kansas State.

To learn more about Texas A&M equestrian, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.

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