Equestrian Signs Four
June 16, 2011
Sage Sapergia from Cochran, Alberta, Canada, Morgan Burns from Tallahassee, Fla., Ariel Herrin from Pisgah, Ala., and Jennifer Delman from Greensboro, N.C., have signed national letters of intent to join the Auburn Equestrian team for the 2011-2012 season, announced head coach Greg Williams.
Sapergia is a third generation reiner in her family and has international showing experience in Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Switzerland and Canada. Her list of accomplishments includes 2009 North American Young Rider Champion, qualifying for the 2008 North American Affiliate Finals in Youth Reigning 14 to 18 and the 2010 Alberta Young Rider Team, where she scored the highest for her team in the Team Championship and helped Alberta capture the gold medal for Canada and Alberta. Her most notable award came in 2006 when Saoergia earned the title of AQHA International Rookie of the Year, in Austria.
"Sage not only has an extensive show career but is from a family that is almost totally made up of reining horse trainers," said Williams. "She will be quite an asset for our team."
Burns also has a multitude of experience on horseback. Her accolades include 2010 Summer Slide Derby Level 1 Non-Pro Reining Champion, 2010 NRHA Southeast Regional Affiliate Reigning Champion, 2011Florida Classic Derby Reserve Champion and is currently ranked second in the nation in the NRHA Youth 14-18 Division. Burns also earned the title of Florida Horseman of the Year in 2010.
"Morgan is a very talented reiner that could have an impact early, particularly with senior Paige Monfore graduating," said Williams. "I think she will adapt readily to college riding and be effective on college horses. We are eager to get Morgan on board and right into our system."
Herrin has been showing for 16 years and has won several awards while riding including, Congress Champion Equitation Over Fences and Reserve Congress Champion Trail. She also placed eighth and 10th in Hunt Seat Equitation at the AQHYA World Championships and served as region 9 director the AQHYA and as president for Alabama QHYA.
"Ariel is a great fit for Auburn and for college riding because of being from such a strong equestrian family," said Williams. "She not only has had the benefit of riding early on and with a lot of coaching but also a wide variety of horses."
Delman made the Harrisburg Medal Finals from 2007-10 and was a USET Talent Search Qualifier from 2008-10. In 2010, she placed second in the EJ Haun Finals and eighth in the Maclay Regionals. In 2009, she won the VHSA Hunt Seat Medal Finals, was second in Zone 3 Equitation Finals, second in equitation schooling class at Harrisburg and third in the EJ Haun Equitation Finals.
"Jennifer is an outstanding rider that is very effective on a variety of horses," said Williams. "She competed and won in the Wellington College Prep Invitational on unfamiliar horses. I believe she will fit in quickly."
Joining the team as walk-ons are Charli Kenzy from Iona, S.D., and Caitlin Moran from Collierville, Tenn.
Kenzy's awards include two-time South Dakota 4-H State Champion Reiner and two-time 4-H Reserve State Champion Western Rider. Kenzy also nationally qualified for 2010 NHSRA Girl's Cutting.
"Our biggest line about Charli Kenzey is that we believe she can ride any type of horse," said Williams. "She has competed on everything from ranch horses, to reiners, working cow horses and cutting horses. We really look forward to seeing how well she takes to this level of riding. She could be quite a rising star in the future."
Moran nationally qualified to the Youth World Show in Western Pleasure in 2011 and earned the 2010 AQHA All-Around Youth Certificate of Merit.
"While we know how well Caitlin can perform on her own horses at shows, we got to see Caitlin ride many different type horses in camps as well," said Williams. "She takes to different horses with ease and has all the desire and determination to win for Auburn. We are very excited to have her join the Auburn Family."
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