Two Equestrian teams from WTAMU qualify for national championships

CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Two West Texas A&M University Equestrian teams have qualified to compete for the May national championships.

According to WTAMU officials, the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championship will be held from May 3-5 at the Tyron International Equestrian Center in Tyron, North Carolina. The equestrian teams are co-coached by Julia Bastian, Maggy Murphy, and Katrina Taylor.

“This is an incredible accomplishment,” said Julia Bastian, WT Equestrian co-coach. “Very few other schools have been able to qualify in both western and hunt seat disciplines.”

WTAMU officials said the WT hunt seat team was named Zone 7 champion at a March 30 contest in Roscoe, Illinois. Marty Kasch, a senior animal science/pre-vet major from Evergreen, Colorado, was named reserve champion in intermediate equitation and will also compete at nationals individually.

“We have been focusing on consistency and excellence with these riders, and they have truly acted on that plan,” said Maggy Murphy, co-coach. “It’s always been an honor to have any riders qualify for the national championship, but to have two teams is extremely exciting as a coach and is a testament to the teamwork of the riders and coaches.”

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