Krshka Named NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

AQHA intern and Oklahoma State equestrienne Katy Krshka is up for a coveted award from the NCAA.

From the National Collegiate Equestrian Association

Katy Krshka is traveling the globe for AQHA this summer as the international intern and blogging about her adventures. (Credit: K.C. Montgomery)

Katy Krshka, a student-athlete on Oklahoma State University women's equestrian team, is one of 480 female student-athletes nominated by NCAA member colleges and universities for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Now in its 25th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Of the nominees, 207 competed in Division I, 93 competed in Division II and 180 competed in Division III athletics.

The NCAA encourages member schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.

Then, conferences assess each nominee’s eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.

From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.

About Katy Krshka
After graduating in December from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in animal science and now currently working toward her master’s in international agriculture at OSU, Katy is traveling the globe for AQHA this summer as the international intern.

Katy has shown American Quarter Horses for nearly all my life, and her accolades include AQHYA world and reserve world championships, winning gold medals for Team USA at the 2010 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup, and captured the 2013 AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge title for OSU. Katy is also a driven leader, having served as the youth president for the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Youth Association and as a regional director for AQHYA. 

As an equestrian student-athlete at OSU, Katy has posted an impeccable record. Most recently she was named an All-American Rider in both reining and horsemanship for the 2014-15 season the National Collegiate Equestrian Association; she was the only western rider to have earned the coveted awards in both events.