Sara Weller Places 10th at NRHA Derby

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. Kansas State senior Sara Weller placed 10th at the Collegiate Reining Invitational with a score of 210.5 on Saturday. Weller was chosen by the Varsity Equestrian Selection Committee as one of a select few riders nationally to compete in the event, which was held in conjunction with the National Reining Horse Association Derby.


“Sara drew a really nice horse, but he was a little fresh,” head coach Teresa Slough said. “Coming across the middle of the arena, he took off bucking and Sara did a great job of just riding him through it. Without a five-point penalty for that reason, she would have had a great shot at winning the event. She should be very proud of the way she handled it.”


Weller, who was the 2006 IHSA National Champion in Reining, picked up eight wins and four MVP awards this season in head-to-head reining competition and finished the year with an 18-11-3 mark in all Western competition.


The selection committee decided on who it thought was the best riders in reining in varsity equestrian this year. Selection criteria included individual judges’ picks, number of MVP awards earned this season, season records and average margin of victory.


The senior from Garden City helped lead the Wildcat equestrian team to a fourth-place overall finish at the 2007 Varsity Equestrian National Championships, including a sixth-place finish in Western.