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Aggie Equestrian Adds Three Riders, Hosts Tryouts

September 07, 2012
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The National Champion Texas A&M equestrian team added three walk-on student-athletes to the 2012-13 roster, head coach Tana McKay announced.

Freshmen hunter seat riders Megan Phillips (Atlanta, Ga.) and Avery Farley (Happy Valley, Ore.), and freshman reining competitor Ashley Dotson (Reno, Nev.) will join the team for the 2012-13 season.

Phillips, a graduate of Pope High School in Atlanta, worked with trainer Heather Steinman before arriving at A&M. She placed ninth at her first National Hunter Derby in May. In 2009, Phillips was 6th overall in Georgia for equitation and was second in 2011 in the Equitation Challenge at the Georgia Hunter Jumper Association (GHJA) Finals. Phillips currently ranks 13th in the state in the Large Junior Hunters division.

Dotson will compete in reining for the Aggies. The Galena High School graduate comes to A&M with an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth Region 7 Champion title, and was the reserve champion in the AQHA Youth Summer Spectacular.

Farley won the 1.40m Junior Jumper Championship in Thermal, Calif., in 2012 under the tutelage of Trainer Megan Jordan. In 2011 she qualified for the Young Rider Championships in Pennsylvania, but was unable to compete due to her horse sustaining an injury. She rides the Zone 9 Grand Champion 7/8-year-old Horse of the Year and is a graduate of Clackamas High School.

Texas A&M students wishing to join the three walk-ons on the 2012-13 roster should attend the tryout meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Burkhart Auditorium, located on the northwest corner of Kyle Field. Attendance to the meeting is mandatory for tryouts.

Attendees must be female students at A&M with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, and must have advanced training in horsemanship, reining, hunter seat equitation on the flat or hunter seat equitation over fences. Participants should also have proof of a sports physical in the past six months, as well as a sickle cell blood test.

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

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