April 15, 2009
AUBURN - Auburn equestrian sophomores Paige Monfore and Anna Schierholz along with freshman Maggie McAlary have been selected for individual competition in the 2009 Varsity Equestrian National Championships Thursday through Saturday in Waco, Texas. Monfore was selected third in Western Reining, while McAlary and Schierholz were selected third and fifth in Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences.
Third-seeded Monfore will face Georgia's sixth-seeded Sarah Locker in Western Reining Friday, while third-seeded McAlary will face South Carolina's sixth-seeded Nicole Bourgeois and fifth-seeded Schierholz will face Baylor's fourth-seeded Nicole Brown in Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences Friday as well.
Monfore has been one of the most consistent and productive riders on the team this season. She earned MVP honors in Western Reining in meets against South Carolina, Georgia and Delaware State, posting a 9-1 record.
"Paige has settled in college riding this year and has become an incredible college athlete," said Auburn head coach Greg Williams. "She has learned to ride whatever horse she is presented with and most often with a very commanding performance. I look for her to quietly do her business and excel as an individual."
Schierholz has been successful since arriving on the Plains as a freshman, helping the Tigers win a national championship in Hunt Seat last season. This season, she earned MVP honors in Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences against South Carolina and Georgia, posting a 6-2 record.
"Anna is a fierce competitor," said Williams. "When you need someone to lay it on the line, she is a great one to go to in the ring. She rides great for her team, and I think she will ride equally as hard for the individual title."
McAlary has been one of the most versatile riders for the Tigers this season, competing in both Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences and Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat. She has earned MVP honors in Fences against Baylor and in Flat against Georgia, and she is undefeated (6-0) in Fences.
"Maggie has been unstoppable over fences," said Williams. "We just need her to ride with her usual confidence and effective style that has made her so great."