Feb. 5, 2014
WACO, Texas - Baylor junior equestrian rider Samantha Schaefer was chosen for the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) Collegiate Equitation Challenge Friday, featuring 16 of the top collegiate riders in the nation in Wellington, Fla.
Schaefer is undefeated this season in both fences and flat, has multiple MOP honors and was Big 12 Rider of the Month for both November and October.
"There will be tough competition," said Baylor Head Couch Ellen White. "But Sam is one of our best riders. She competed last year, and we have faith that she will do great this year too."
The competition will feature 16 National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) and Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) riders in a head-to-head competition over fences. WEF is the world's largest and longest running equestrian competition. The 12-week event hosts more than 5,000 horses from 50 states and 31 countries and is held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
Riders participating with compete over fences in a preliminary round, with the winners advancing to the final round on Friday night. Horses are provided by private individuals for the competition and are randomly drawn.
Baylor senior Katherine Berg recently competed the Sun Circuit Shootout Reining Invitational on Feb. 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz. She finished second in the competition, falling only in the finals to the South Carolina's Layla Choate.