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200+ collegiate equestrians honored for academic excellence by APHA

By Amy Olson

Twelve teams vied for the top spot in two divisions, at the National Collegiate Equestrian Association’s National Championship at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida, April 14–17. but these student-athletes have been working hard all year in and out of the arena.

APHA is proud to sponsor two awards that recognize NCAA riders for excellence in the classroom: the Elite Equestrian Award and the Academic Honor Roll.

The APHA/NCEA Elite Equestrian Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest GPA of any woman competing at the NCEA National Championship. Congratulations to Kaitlyn Lovingfoss of Canyon Country, California, for winning this prestigious award. Kaitlyn maintained a GPA of 4.0 while studying political science.

The APHA/NCEA Academic Honor Roll recognizes those athletes who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.25 throughout the previous spring and fall semesters as full-time students.

More than 200 equestrian student athletes made the 2021-22 APHA/NCEA Honor Roll—congratulations to the following:

Texas A&M Georgia Baylor Fresno State Auburn
Claire Beesaw Emily Blecher Jessica Batton Bailey Alexander Lily Beatty
Evelyn Beesaw Ella Bostwick Sarah Bian Ana Bertozzi Ellie Becker
Brooke Brombach Kennedy Bryant Sarah Boston Madelyn Bloom Ellie Ferrigno
Cori Cansdale Taylor Burgess Rachel Brody Hannah Buijs Jacqueline Frimodt
MacKenzie Chapman Hayley Freeman Holly Carter Bryanna Carney Terri-June Granger
Caroline Dance Kathryn Jernick Maggie Cincotta Sophie Gratchner Peyton Hall
Riley Dosa Tori Kendle Brooke Giacin Cecily Hayes Rachel Hoopman
Alle Durkin Miller Lantis Sara Greenhaw Taylor Holstead Haylee Jerkins
Ellie Gerbrandt Harper Lawson Grace Hall Julianne Kelley Boo Kammerer
Ariana Gray Hannah Jane Lucas Isabella Jacuzzi Alex Krebs Lindsey Klein
Haley Green Killian Mullen Danielle McIlquham Elle Martin Meghan Knapic
Mattie Gustin Jaden Olson Samantha Papageorge Grace Mathias Emma Kurtz
Lauren Hanson, Katie Ray Ella Peters Emily Maul Olivia Marino
Marissa Harrell Annalise Reed Rachel Powell Brooklyn Moch Mary McDaniel
Bella Kay Savannah Relick Christina Rogalny Lexee Padrick Taylor Searles
Kaitlyn Lovingfoss Hannah Smith Isabella Smith Alexis Steele Maddie Spak
Keesa Luers Isabelle Song Hannah Stokan Lizzie Stodden Ava Stearns
Emmy-Lu Marsh Natalie Stoyko Samantha Stubblefield Madisen Torigiani Isabella Tesmer
Taylor Masson Morgan Tabler Delaney Van Horn Sara Tuck Helen Ulrich
Rhian Murphy Hazel Taylor Anna Wegenast
Alexis Ortiz Adelaide Toensing Addison Welman
Grace Platt Spencer Toohill
Haley Redifer
Lauren Reid
Alexis Robinson
Morgan Rosia
Reanna Santos
Devon Thomas
Madison Wanicka
UC Davis Delaware State Oklahoma State South Carolina SMU
Nicole Beales Kylie Bond Josie Elliott Mary Margaret Coats Hana Bieling
Katelyn Blake Annie Cimoli Stephanie Gripp Kit Cunningham Faith Davis
Sophia Calamari Morgan Dowling Stephanie Helsen Graycen Hess Katherine DeLaGarza
Lena Cullen Macy Gage Kinsey Jones Kamiah McGrath Rebecca Figueroa
Caspian Ellis Taylor Gardine Paige Jones Christina Mueller Becky Morris
Sarah Finch Kelsey Gardiner Lauren Jost Claire Pound Katie Shepherd
Sarah Finkel Janire Junquera Grace McReynolds Maro Reppas Macie Soderquist
Madeline Gregory Olatz Junquera Lizzie Meerman Michaela Schrimm Olivia Woodson
Gracie Howell Mirey Kurkcuoglu Lois Op Het Veld Mackenzie Suffy
Katarina Merk Jordan Melegari Sidney Perdue
Cameron Nembach Pamela Scork Ella Reinauer
Amber Nusser Elsie Wyngaarde Caitlyn Sanchez
Malena Palmer Christa Yeary Cassidy Watters
Carly Sweeney Kersten Zehner
Laura Wise Jenna Waddington
Lindsey Wright
UT Martin South Dakota State Lynchburg Sewanee SUNY New Paltz
Natalie Armstrong Ashley Hess Lori Ohannessian Sarah Buchholz Alanna Ryan
Abi Clark Samantha Hunsecker Caroline Waters Siena London Brynley Smith
Sydney Hott Kate Koehl
Shelby Jackson Rachel Retterath
Kyra Petty Abby Shumaker
Emmy Reed
Casey Ruggiero
Emma Schaefer
Bridget Vieau
Makenzy Barnes
Nikola Barnes
Alexis Cook
Cammi Giesman
Brianna Gonzalez
Jordan Guilmart
Olivia Parr
Zoe Schiefer
Catherine Shurtleff
Kaitlyn Smith
Skylar Smith

For more information about the APHA/NCEA Academic Honor Roll Student Athletes: collegiateequestrian.com/news/2022/4/1/ncea-news-ncea-announces-2021-22-academic-awards.aspx

For more on APHA’s partnership with NCEA: apha.com/news/apha-announces-partnership-with-national-collegiate-equestrian-association/

For more information about how NCEA has partnered with APHA’s horseIQ platform: apha.com/news/ncea-joins-aphas-horseiq-to-deepen-exhibitor-judge-connection/


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About APHA

The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded in 1962. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.