WELLINGTON, Fla. - Delaware State University senior and co-captain Caroline Foltz (Dover, Del.) has been selected to compete this Friday in the third annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge, held at the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
Foltz is one of sixteen collegiate riders from the top teams in the country chosen for the event. One rider from each university is selected based on their win-loss ratio during team competitions.
"This is an amazing experience to be a part of," commented Foltz. "The exposure to these tremendous trainers and horses to help you prepare is truly unmatched. For the past few weeks I've worked tirelessly with our coaches [head coach Jennifer Ridgely and assistant coach Amanda Hotz] to get ready. I wanted to arrive in Florida early to help polish my skills and techniques."
Through nine shows so far this season, Foltz holds an overall record of 7-10-1 and is 3-6 in Equitation over Fences. She averages a point total of 74 on the flats and 75 over fences. Additionally, the senior has won three MVP awards, including astonishing rides of 92 (vs. SMU) and 93 (at South Dakota State) in Equitation on the Flat.
The tournament will be run in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) head to head, bracketed format with sixteen of the top collegiate riders from across the nation. Riders will compete over an equitation course with heights up to 3' 6".
Competition will begin at 2 p.m. with all sixteen riders in the preliminary round. The eight winners will qualify for the finals in the evening with the remaining eight competing 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 and the Champion of the event will be presented a trophy sponsored by the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association.
The horses for the competition are on loan from local professionals and unfamiliar to the riders.
The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) is the largest and longest running event in equine sports. The 12-week equestrian extravaganza is held annually from January through April at the newly renovated Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Fla. The WEF is produced and managed by Equestrian Sports Productions, LLC.
Auburn, Baylor, Fresno State, Delaware State, Florida State (alternate), Georgia, Kansas State, Miami, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, Sacred Heart, South Carolina, South Dakota State, Southern Methodist, Tennessee-Martin, Texas A&M and Texas Christian.