May 9, 2012
Auburn, Ala. -
For the second-consecutive year, the Auburn equestrian team had two riders selected to compete in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Collegiate Reining Championships June 30 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
"It has been another great year for Auburn University reiners," Auburn head coach Greg Williams said. "I am so proud of the work these two girls have done with Coach Lisa Helfer to both be in this all-star event when the selection committee selects only the top four to receive automatic bids. Both Stephanie and lndy are such talented and deserving riders to earn these spots."
Roper and Rucci helped the Auburn Western team to an overall fifth-place finish at the 2012 National Collegiate Equestrian Championships.
Roper was named a 2012 National Collegiate Equestrian Association All-American in reining and an honorable mention All-American in horsemanship as well as a first-team Academic All-American.
Rucci was named the Most Outstanding Player for reining at the 2012 National Collegiate Equestrian Championships and was named a second-team Academic All-American.
The Collegiate Reining Championship is comprised of the top four reining riders from the NCEA, the top four riders from the IHSA and the top four riders from the NRHA.
Roper and Rucci were selected based upon several criteria including season-long stats, performance at the National Collegiate Equestrian Championships and comments from judges at the championship meet.
More information on the Collegiate Reining Championships and the NRHA Derby can be found at www.nrhaderby.com.