Feb. 7, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State equestrian student-athlete Sarah Mershon will travel to Wellington, Fla., to compete in the third-annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge held at the Winter Equestrian Festival on February 10 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
“We are excited to be heading back to Florida to compete at the Collegiate Equitation Challenge again this year,” said K-State Hunt Seat coach Casey Finnell. “These specialty competitions are such a great opportunity for our riders to showcase the sport as well as being an added bonus for the individuals chosen to represent their team. Sarah is always working so hard day-in and day-out to improve herself and it continues to show in the competition arena. She will do an excellent job of representing the Wildcats in Florida.”
This season, Mershon, a sophomore from Flower Mound, Texas, has been one of the team’s most successful riders as she has carded a team-high-tying seven wins on the year. She is currently on a three-match winning streak with wins over riders from Oklahoma State, New Mexico State and Tennessee-Martin.
As a freshman, Mershon ended the 2010-11 season with an overall record of 8-10, which included two match-MVP awards. Mershon was also chosen to compete in the 2011 Big 12 Championships as well as last year’s NCEA National Championships (formerly known as the Varsity Equestrian National Championships).
This weekend’s tournament will be run in the NCEA head-to-head, bracketed format with 16 top collegiate athletes from all over the country, including riders from fellow Big 12 schools, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.
Competition will start at 2 p.m., on February 10, with all riders competing in a preliminary round. The eight winners will qualify for the finals and the remaining eight will compete in a consolation bracket immediately following the preliminary round. The winner of the consolation bracket will receive a trophy donated by Pierre and Martha Jolicoeur , while the champion will be presented a trophy sponsored by the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association.
More information on this event can be found at collegiateequestrian.com and wellingtonwef.com. Check back with kstatesports.com for a recap of Mershon’s performance at this weekend’s competition.