COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M equestrian Head Coach Tana McKay and Assistant Coach Beth Bass announced today the signing of Avery Ellis to a National Letter of Intent.
Ellis (College Station, Texas) is a senior at A&M Consolidated High School who will compete on both McKay’s reining squad and Bass’ horsemanship team, beginning in the fall of 2014.
“Avery will be a great addition to this recruiting class,” McKay said. “She comes from a family rich in Aggie tradition and is a perfect fit for our team and the university.”
Ellis competes on both the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) circuits, winning multiple awards in each. She holds numerous all-around titles, including the Scottsdale Sun Circuit, Redbud Spectacular, Texas Classic and the Reichert Celebration, a world show finalist with top ten finishes at the AQHA world show and Ohio Congress, and has earned World Championship and Reserve World Championship National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) titles. She was nationally selected for the prestigious AQHYA World Cup team and competed for Team USA in Germany last summer. She is the president-elect of the Texas Quarter Horse Youth Association and trains with Nancy Cahill for her all-around events and trains with Nathan Piper for the reining.
“Avery's background of competing in the all-around events as well as the reining will give her the opportunity to be a key player on our squad,” Bass said. “Her international experience of representing Team USA at the World Cup garnered her some catch riding experiences and will help her transition to collegiate equestrian. We are fortunate that she chose Texas A&M as her home and we look forward to her joining us in the fall.”
Ellis is a fourth-generation Aggie. Her great grandfather, J.C. Davis, never received his degree as he was called to service during WWII. Her grandfather, Ernie Davis, is a 1966 wildlife fisheries science graduate, her father, Keith Ellis, is a 1988 Construction Science graduate, and her mother, Debra Davis Ellis, is a 1990 Curriculum and Instruction graduate.
"I have worked my entire youth career with the goal of riding for a collegiate equestrian team,” Ellis said. “Texas A&M has always been my first choice and I am honored to ride for such great coaches while attending a top school. I look forward to contributing to the team and starting my journey at Texas A&M University."
Ellis is the third Texas A&M equestrian signee this week, joining Kristen Mohr (hunter seat) and Emily Davis (horsemanship) in the Aggie equestrian class of 2018. Check back to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter for the most up-to-date list of Texas A&M equestrian signees.