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Sam Etsell
 Sam Etsell
Arlington, Wash.

Student Coach


Wildcats Earn Reserve National Championship

Third Reserve National Championship in four years


Western Team Advances to Semifinals

Face Georgia on Saturday


Hunter Seat Team Stopped in First Round

Fall to UT-Martin on tiebreaker


Wildcats Earn NCEA Academic Honors

Place 17 riders on list


Wildcats Place Second at Big 12 Championship

Finish Big 12 play strong

Enters her first season as a student coach, following a four-year career with the Wildcats.


Finished her senior campaign with a record of 10-7-1 while earning two MOP awards in Reining... First team Academic All-Big 12 Team... Had a strong debut, besting Megan Marie Foley (UTM), 71-64.5, and earning MOP honors... Defeated Claire Edwards (BU), 70.5-69.5, on 10/5... Earned her second MOP honor after defeating Stefanie Story (NMSU) on 10/12... Picked up her fourth win of the season after narrowly defeating Kayla Reeves (WTAMU), 68-67... Slipped past Katherine Berg (BU), 70-69.5, on 3/1... Defeated Cody McMillion (USC), 75-65... Earned wins over Katie Gray (TCU) and Taylor New (OSU) in the Big 12 Championship... Ended her career with two wins at the NCEA National Championship after defeating Laura Dunlavy (SDSU) and McKenzie Lantz (UGA).

2011-12 Western
Named to the 2012 Spring Commissioner's Honor Roll...Named the Most Outstanding Performer in Reining at the Big 12 Championship... Named to NCEA Honorable Mention Team...Finished the year with an overall record of 12-3-2 with one MVP honor...Started the Fall season by defeating Kayla Kruger of Minnesota-Crookston, 66-64.5, on September 23... Earned victories over riders from Georgia and TCU on October 22...Won her fourth match of the year after defeating Abi Grabein of Texas A&M, 70-68...Opened the Spring season by routing Heidi Grimm of Tennessee-Martin, 73-0...Earned Reining MVP after defeating her counter-part from New Mexico State on January 28...Defeated Oklahoma State's Katy Krshka, 74.5-72...Earned two impressive wins in the Big 12 Championship with victories over OSU rider Jenna Blumer (133.5-121) and Baylor rider Olivia Rogers (141-138)...Finished the season by defeating riders from San Diego State, UGA and TCU at the NCEA National Championships.

2010-11 Western
Named the Western squad's Most Outstanding Sophomore at the 2011 Wildcat equestrian year-end awards banquet... Ended the 2010-11 season with a record of 8-6-1, with five of those wins coming in the postseason... Tallied her first win of the year in the conference opener against Baylor rider Adriana Ribeiro on October 15... Picked up wins two and three in the last weekend of the regular season against Auburn and New Mexico State riders... Rode past Texas A&M's Becca Murray and Baylor rider Katherine Berg to notch two wins at the 2011 Big 12 Championships... Bested Hannah Derks of Tennessee-Martin, 136.5-125 in the first round of the 2011 Varsity Equestrian National Championships... Closed out 2011 by defeating riders from Auburn and Texas A&M to help the Western squad take home Reserve National Championship honors... Was one of seven Wildcat Western riders to receive a varsity letter in 2010-11...Named team captain for the 2011-12 season...Was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the 2010 fall semester.

2009-2010 Western
Ended the season with an overall Varsity record of 3-3-1... Also notched an overall exhibition record of 1-0... Defeated Cody Wooten of Baylor, 68.5-63.5, in the second show of the fall season... Picked up her second victory of the year with a 72-71.5 win over Ellie Powell, also of Baylor...Out-rode Jessica Petzrick of Auburn, 66.5-62.5, to pick up her lone exhibition victory of the season.

Personal - Born on July 25, 1991... Daughter of David and Terrie Estell... Majoring in Animal Science... Would like to attend vetrinary school... Finished in the Top 10 at the NRCHA Worlds Non-Pro Hackamore... Placed 3rd in the NRCHA Amateur Stakes...Placed 5th at the AQHYA World Show in Working Cow Horse.