March 31, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Six members of the Texas A&M equestrian team earned honorable mention accolades as the Varsity Equestrian National Championship selection committee announced its inaugural All-America squads this week.

Senior Brooke Coleman, juniors Kelsey Adams, Lia Chafee and Katie Lisabeth, and sophomores Carey Nowacek and Emily Williams become the first All-Americans in program history.

Chafee, Coleman and Williams were honored in the equitation over fences discipline, while Adams, Lisabeth and Nowacek earned the award in the horsemanship discipline.

This marks the first season that Varsity Equestrian, founded prior to the 2006-07 season, has granted All-America status to the top equestrian student-athletes in the country. The VENC selection committee is made up of coaches and administrators representing the 23 Division I and II institutions that fall under the organization's umbrella.

The 2011 All-America awards will be presented at the opening ceremony of the Varsity Equestrian National Championships on the evening of Wednesday, April 13 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco (formerly the Heart O'Texas Coliseum).

Texas A&M is back in action this Friday and Saturday when the Aggies host the Big 12 Championship at the Brazos County Expo Complex. The show begins at 10 a.m. both days and admission is free.