Kemper Represents K-State at AQHA Challenge

MANHATTAN, Kan. The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) selection committee announced Wednesday that Kansas State equestrian rider Danielle Kemper was named one of the 16 riders to participate in the 2015 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge on November 15-16 as part of the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Okla.

“I am so proud of Dani for qualifying for the AQHA Horsemanship Challenge,” said K-State head coach Casie Maxwell.She has worked so hard to help this team and is definitely deserving of the opportunity to go compete in Oklahoma City.”

The riders, who are current student-athletes during the 2015-16 season, represent 15 different institutions at the event. NCEA riders were selected using 2014-15 individual statistics for horsemanship.

Last season, Kemper finished with a record of 12-4-1, while picking up two MOP honors. For her efforts, she was named to the NCEA All-American Second Team in Horsemanship, an All-Big 12 selection in Horsemanship, named to the NCEA Academic Honor Roll and was awarded the Overall Most Outstanding Award in Western by the K-State coaching staff. Kemper went 1-1 at the 2015 NCEA Championships and 2-0 in the 2015 Big 12 Championships.

Kemper finished the 2013-14 season with a record of 8-7-0. She was named to the K-State Team Honor Roll in the 2013-14 season, while going 2-0 in Big 12 Championships.

Through the early stages of the 2015-16 season, Kemper has continued to progress in the Western arena as she has taken on another role in the Western arena. In addition to riding in Horsemanship for the Wildcats, she has also joined the lineup in Reining. She owns a 2-1-1 record this season and now holds an overall career record of 22-12-3.

The preliminaries will take place on Sunday, November 15 with the finals on Monday, November 16.