OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After a pair of wins in preliminary rounds, Texas A&M junior Molli Jacobs will compete in the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge Finals on Thursday at 7 p.m. at State Fair Park.
Jacobs (Dover, Ohio) topped Auburn’s Stephanie Rucci in the first round today, 148.5-142.5 on Zippos Petite Prince. She was paired with another fellow SEC rider, Johnna Letchworth of South Carolina, in the second round and again came out ahead, defeating Letchworth 148-143.5 on PF Put It N Park to reach the Thursday finals.
“Molli had two great rides today,” Texas A&M Horsemanship Coach Beth Bass said. “Her teammates at home played a large role in her confidence today. The spirit of the 12th Man is undeniable and we are looking forward to the finals tomorrow night.”
The final four riders will complete the same horsemanship pattern on borrowed horses from various AQHA amateur exhibitors and Professional Horsemen tomorrow evening. Each rider will only get four minutes to practice maneuvers on the horse before they are sent in the arena for their turn at the pattern.
The top 16 horsemanship riders, eight from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) and eight from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), were entered in the three-round event. Jacobs represents Texas A&M and is one of the eight NCEA student-athletes on the event’s roster.
Jacobs looks to return the coveted trophy to College Station after then-senior Carey Nowacek won the 2012 event for Texas A&M. To keep up with tomorrow’s final round, follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter. Go to AggieAthletics.com for more information on Texas A&M Equestrian.