COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M equestrian incoming freshman Taylor Helms led the competition in her first-ever National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) show, the San Antonio Shootout, this spring.
Helms (Bulverde, Texas) was the Rookie Level 1 Champion after scoring a 71 in reining against a class of about 30 riders. She had previously only competed in American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows.
“This win was really exciting for me because it was my first win at my first NRHA show and it was the first show with the horse I was riding,” Helms said. “I had been riding her for only a couple of months and we had been working really hard back home so it was really exciting. There was a wide variety of discipline levels in the class ranging from beginner to seasoned riders. It was a surprise that we did so well because the horse is kind of a toss-up when it comes to showing and I had no idea how she was going to act when I went in there. In the last class we had entered, she acted up and we didn't place, but we ended up having a great run.”
Helms will join the Aggies’ reining squad for the 2013-14 season as Texas A&M enters its second season in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Equestrian action gets underway on Sept. 20 when the Aggies show in the annual Maroon & White Scrimmage. The first official event of the fall is Oct. 5 at Kansas State.
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