March 27, 2008
WACO, Texas - The Baylor equestrian team will enter the 2008 Varsity Equestrian National Championships (VENC) next month with No. 6 and No. 9 seeds while junior Nicole Brown will get the opportunity to compete for the first-ever VENC individual national title in Equitation Over Fences.
The Baylor-hosted event will be held for the second straight season at the Heart O' Texas Fair Complex, April 17-19.
Baylor's hunter seat squad, currently with a 9-8 record, will enter the VENC show in the No. 6 spot, its' same seeding as last year. The Bears finished eighth at last season's national championships in hunter seat competition.
The western team will enter the show as the No. 9 seed after posting a 6-11 record to this point in the season. The Bears posted their best-ever VENC performance last season with a fifth place finish.
Brown, who hails from Zionsville, Ind., will get the opportunity to compete for the VENC's first-ever individual national championship title in fences. Brown was one of four riders selected to compete in a single-elimination tournament format to decide the top individual rider in the nation. Brown has earned 12 points in 15 rides over fences this season and garnered MVP honors eight times in the event.
The Bears will head to Manhattan, Kan., this week to compete at the Central Championships. The Central Championships is a competition between the four Big 12 Conference schools that sponsor equestrian, Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. The event serves as a pre-cursor to an eventual Big 12 Championship event once the sport picks up enough NCAA schools to sponsor a championship at the national level.