OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Baylor equestrian junior western rider Abbi Demel beat out a 16-person field of the top collegiate riders in the country over the two-day AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge, taking the championship title on Sunday evening during the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Okla.
"We are so proud of Abbi winning the AQHA Horsemanship Challenge," said Baylor head coach Casie Maxwell. "She had three solid performances this weekend and we couldn't be prouder of how she represented Baylor and the NCEA. It's an honor to have the opportunity to compete at this event and she rode with exceptional confidence all weekend."
After advancing through two rounds on Saturday afternoon, Demel went head-to-head with the other three remaining riders in the final round.
Demel was joined by Rachel Williams (Fresno State), Kara Kaufmann (Auburn), and Payton Anderson (Georgia).
The Hoisington, Kan., native was named champion, while Kaufmann took the reserve title.
Demel is the first rider in program history to win the annual challenge, now in its sixth year since its inception in 2012.