Two Wildcats Selected for NRHA Derby
“I am very honored to have been selected to represent the Kansas State Equestrian team and all of Varsity Equestrian at the NRHA Derby,” said
The NRHA Collegiate Reining Invitational selects 12 collegiate riders each year to compete on borrowed horses. Each participant only has five minutes allotted for warm-up before heading into the show pen.
Riders selected are based on three criteria: the top four reining riders from the IHSA National Horse Show automatically qualify, the top four reining riders as selected by the Varsity Equestrian Selection Committee, and four riders are chosen based on individual NRHA accomplishments from the past two years.
“I am very excited and feel so privileged to be selected for the NRHA Derby,” said Zimbelman. “I was really happy with how my first season ended and hope to get even better next year.”
The varsity equestrian selection committee chooses its top four riders based on their season record, competition schedule, and number of MVP’s earned along with recommendations from the judges from the Varsity Championships.
Zimbelman also made an impact in her first season riding for the Wildcats with a 6-5-1 record, one MVP award, and a 3-1 record at the Varsity Championships.
“It is a tremendous honor for me and the entire Kansas State Equestrian team to have Morgan and Alecia represent us at the NRHA Derby,” Western head coach Casie Williamson said. “