angle-left Orsak Wins AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Championship

Orsak Wins AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Championship

Texas A&M’s Sarah Orsak took home gold at the 2019 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.
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Mounted on unfamiliar American Quarter Horses, 12 collegiate equestrian riders squared off in the AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Championship August 5-6 during the 2019 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.

Twelve student-athletes from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association were selected to showcase their skills in the championship, with the end goal being one rider crowned the best collegiate horsemanship rider in the country.

Winning the 2019 AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Championship was Sarah Orsak of Texas A&M University. In the final round, Orsak rode Zippos Gold N Sonnet to the championship title. The 2000 bay mare is owned by Taylor Bates of Boerne, Texas.

Taking the reserve championship honors was Deanna Green, representing Auburn University. Kelsey Jung, representing Auburn, advanced as a finalist and rode Walkthelyne, a 2006 sorrel gelding owned by Julie Jolstead of Denver. The fourth finalist was Auburn’s Taylor Searles, who rode the 2012 bay gelding Busted For Lopenlazy owned by Taylor Kungle out of Oneco, Connecticut.  

Thank you to the AQHA Professional Horsemen and owners who donated horses for the 2019 Collegiate Horsemanship Championship.

For more information about the Ford Youth World, visit www.aqha.com/youthworld.

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