Dover, Del. (Apr. 17, 2019) --- The Delaware State Equestrian Team begins its quest today for national championships in four events. Competition for the 2019 National Collegiate Equestrian Association Event Championships will be held over the next four days in Waco, Tex.
Under the NCEA tournament format devised last year, event championships were added, allowing schools to vie for national titles in Hunter Seat Equitation over Fences and Equitation on the Flat, in addition to Western Horsemanship and Reining.
Delaware State will compete in each of the four events.
The Hornets are seeded ninth in the Fences national championship field, its best seeding in the four events. DSU is No. 10 in the Reining field, 10th in Horsemanship and 13th on the Flat.
The Delaware State Fences team, led by 2018-19 All-United Equestrian Conference First Team selection Gabrielle Fournier, will face No. 8 Sweet Briar in the national championship opening round. The Hornets will try to avenge a 4-1 Fences loss to Sweet Briar when the teams met last October, with Zoe Kirsch capturing the lone win for the Hornets.
The Hornet Horsemanship team will battle No. 7 Texas Christian in the tournament’s first round. TCU was a 3-2 winner in Horsemanship when the teams met earlier this season.
Delaware State will face No. 7 Tennessee Martin, also a member of the United Equestrian Conference, in the opening round of the national Reining championships. Amber Van Segbrook was DSU’s lone winner in Reining vs. UT Martin in the regular season match-up between the teams.
The Hornets’ Flat team will battle No. 4 SMU in the opening round of the national tournament. Delaware State edged the Mustangs 2-1 on the Flat when the teams met in the regular season.
The top eight programs in the country will also vie for the 2019 overall team championship. The Hornets were not selected for the national team championship field, which has been reduced to eight schools from 12 in the past.
Delaware State posted its first-ever post-season victory with a win over South Dakota State in the 2018 NCEA Flat championships. The Hornets fell to Oklahoma State in the Flat semifinals last season.