Dec. 5, 2013
WACO, Texas - The No. 3-ranked Baylor Equestrian team announced its 2014-15 signing class Thursday with seven new additions to the Bears.
Baylor head coach Ellen White released the seven athletes signing a National Letter of Intent in late November to compete for Baylor beginning next school year. The new additions hail from five different states with two apiece coming from California and Texas.
White said that the signees will help the program in both hunter seat and western disciplines.
"We are so excited about our incoming freshmen," said White. "Keeping true to our Baylor tradition of excellence, we have certainly done that with these young ladies. We look forward to watching them develop into our top competitors."
Below is information on each of Baylor's signees for the 2014-15 school year:
Lindsey Valdiviez Lee's Summit, Missouri
Valdiviez was APHA Congress Champion in Novice Youth Showmanship and multiple top-5 finishes at Congress ... 4th place Intermediate at the AjPHA World Championship Show in Hunter Under Saddle ... All-Around Novice Youth in Missouri in 2012 ... At St. Teresa's Academy in Kansas City, Valdiviez was a three-year varsity letter winner in cross country and track ...Member of the all-state cross country team two years in a row ... member of the all-state 4x400 meter relay team ... Also earned first-honors honor roll all eight semesters.
She chose Baylor over TCU, OSU and SMU
Abby Jorgensen Woodside, Calif.
Jorgensen represented the USA in Abu Dhabi for show jumping when she was 13.
She chose Baylor over Oklahoma State and Georgia.
Alison Randall Scottsdale, Ariz.
Randall achieved Top 10 in Maclay Regionals 2012 & 2013 and qualified for Maclay finals ... Winner of the 2012 AHJA Jr./Amateur medal finals, and she qualified for Jr. Hunter Finals every year since 2009 ... In high school, Randall was a cheerleader and member of the Key Club.
She chose Baylor over University of California-Fresno, SMU, Arizona State University and University of Arizona.
Shain Powell McKinney, Texas.
At McKinney Boyd High School, Powell was President of the student council and was ranked 10th in her class of 712 ... Received AP Scholar Recognition ... In 2013, she was a Paint World Qualifier.
She chose Baylor over Kansas State University and Texas A&M University.
Maddison Smith Tolar, Texas
Smith went to The World Championship in Appaloosa in reining ... Has two year-end high point awards in the West Texas Reining Horse Association ... Multi-year affiliate finalist with the National Reining Horse Association ... National Honor Society ... Top 10 of her class and the Texas 4-H Gold Star Award winner.
She chose Baylor over SMU, New Mexico State University, TCU, and Texas A&M.
Brittney Mirkov Sparta, N.J.
Mirkov qualified for Maclay, Medal and USET finals three consecutive years ... Received a bronze medal at USET east coast finals.
She chose Baylor over Kansas State
Charlotte Green Palm Springs, Calif.
Green was 3rd at the 2013 AQHA Youth World in the first ever Ranch Pleasure class ... 4th at the Novice Championship West Show in Western Pleasure ... 2011 reserve congress champion in youth trail ... PCQHA 2010, 2011, 2013 Year end champion in youth trail ... 2013 year-end horsemanship champion ... 2013 year-end Novice Western Pleasure ...In high school she earned academic highest honors as a freshman, sophomore, and junior years and is currently on track for highest honors as a senior ... Played basketball all four years of high school ... National Director, Region 7, AQHYA.
Baylor was her first and only choice.