Nov. 18, 2013
WACO, Texas - It has been a big week for the Baylor equestrian team; the Bears moved to the No. 1 spot in Monday's NCEA national rankings, and BU has had three riders with excellent showings at the annual American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.
Baylor has been idle since a 12-8 win over Oklahoma State Oct. 26, but the Bears jumped three spots when Georgia, Auburn and South Carolina all suffered losses since the last NCEA poll was released, Oct. 25.
Baylor is 5-1 overall on the season and will get a chance to solidify its No. 1 ranking when the Bears play host to Auburn Friday at Noon. The Tigers dropped to No. 3 in Monday's rankings. South Carolina jumped to No. 2 after defeating Auburn Nov. 9, and Georgia, the previous No. 1 ranked team, fell to No. 4.
Parris Rice, Gillian Chant and Rachel Nankervis all were awarded high places at the AQHA World Championship Show, which began last weekend and continues through Thursday.
Rice, a junior from Snohomish, Wash. was awarded Reserve World Champion in Showmanship and Equitation. She also finished 4th place overall in Horsemanship. She was also one of 8 NCEA riders selected to compete in the 2013 AQHA collegiate horsemanship challenge Wednesday and Thursday.
Chant, a junior from Abilene, Texas, was the Reserve World Champion in the performance halter class for amateur aged mares, Wednesday.
Nankervis, a junior from Golden, Colo. placed fourth in western riding on Wednesday.
2013-14 NCEA Rankings (November 18, 2013)
2. South Carolina
5. New Mexico State
6. Oklahoma State
7. Kansas State
9. Texas A&M