July 15, 2007
AUBURN - Ali Loprete of Red Bank, N.J., and Elise Fraza of Cincinnati, Ohio, have signed to attend Auburn University and participate in equestrian for the 2007-08 season, announced head coach Greg Williams.
Loprete, who attended Bank Catholic High School in Red Bank, N.J., is
currently ranked 40th on the Bates USA Equitation computer ranking list
and won the New Jersey Professional Horseman*s Association Year End
Gold Medal while also being in the top 10 for both Equitation and the
Junior Hunter Division since 2004. A USEF Show Jumping Talent Search
Bronze Medal winner, Loprete won the Monmouth County Horse Show
Association Sportsmanship Award in 2002.
Her competitions include appearing three-straight years in the Junior
Equitation and USEF/Pessoa Hunter Seat Medal Finals from 2004-06. She
was a USEF Talent Search Finalist East in 2005 and 2006. In 2004,
Loprete reached the Zone II Junior Hunter Finals and Capital Challenge
Equitation. She was in the Syracuse Invitational Bates Medal and Junior
Hunter Finals and was in the HBO Medal Finals in 2003 and 2006. Loprete
earned the New Jersey Professional Horseman*s Association Fall Finale
Medal in 2000 and 2001 and competed in the Pony Finals in 1999.
"We have watched Ali at some of the biggest junior competitions in the
country," said Williams. "We've also seen Elise evolve into a real
competitor. We've seen what they can do both with different types of
horses, and we expect great things in the collegiate setting.
"We are most excited about the energy and personality they will bring
to our team. They are both exceptional students, riders and young
Fraza, who attended Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati where she
also played varsity field hockey and lacrosse, competed in the *AA*
Circuit, riding mostly young and inexperienced horses. She competed in
the Medium and Large ponies, qualifying three ponies for the Pony
Finals. Having qualified for NAL and WIHS, she placed fifth overall at
Harrisburg. She has shown in both Small and Large Juniors, qualifying
two horses for Junior Hunter Finals. Fraza has competed in the Maclay
and qualified for the Maclay Regional Finals.