June 12, 2014
Former Auburn western rider Stephanie Rucci has been selected for the 2014 National Reining Horse Association NRHA Derby Catch Ride competition on Saturday, June 28 at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City. The competition will feature Rucci as one of four riders from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), representing four different institutions.
Joining Rucci are Brynn Larson (New Mexico State), Ravienne Scott (South Dakota State) and Taylor Brown (Fresno State). All four riders earned First Team All-America honors this year in reining from the NCEA.
The NRHA Derby runs for one week each summer in Oklahoma City and showcases the world's best reining horses in the four to six year age range. Thousands of spectators, exhibitors, and horses attend the event each year. The Derby is one of two major events presented by the NRHA each year in Oklahoma City. For more information on this year's Derby, visit www.nrhaderby.com.