NCEA Championship: April 15

View the Journal's slideshow from Day 1 at the 2015 National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship in Waco, Texas.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Horses were bathed in preparation for competition. (Credit: Journal)

Day 1 at the 2015 National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship in Waco, Texas, was a busy one. Horses were unloaded, washed, stalled and fed. The day also gave exhibitors a good chance to reconnect with their competitors on other teams. 

The nation’s top-12 teams will vie for the 2015 NCEA National Championship, set to take place April 15-18 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.

Beginning with the 2014 championship, the top-12 overall teams (western and hunt seat combined) are invited to compete. The NCEA Selection Committee determines and invites these teams based on a number of factors throughout the season. The top-four seeds in the NCEA Championship each receive first-round byes in the 12-team format.

The University of Georgia is the defending NCEA champion.

2015 NCEA Championship Seeds

  1. Georgia
  2. Baylor
  3. South Carolina
  4. Texas A&M
  5. Auburn
  6. Fresno State
  7. TCU
  8. SMU
  9. Kansas State
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. New Mexico State
  12. UT-Martin

View the brackets for Round 1, quarterfinals, semifinals and the championship round.

Journal Coverage of the NCEA Championship

  • April 18 – South Carolina edged out Georgia to win the 2015 NCEA title; scroll through photos from the event.
  • April 17 – Every ride is critical at the 2015 NCEA Championship as teams move past the quarterfinals.
  • April 16 – Four teams advance to the quarter-finals during Day 2.
  • April 15 – View the Journal's slideshow from Day 1 in Waco, Texas.