Aug. 12, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn equestrian incoming freshmen have seen great success this summer at their respective world championship shows. Lacy Watson and Brianna Tamulewicz competed in Oklahoma City at the 2013 AQHYA Built Ford Tough World Championship Show, featuring some of the most talented riders in the world. Hannah Stephens competed at the 2013 APHA World Championship Show in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Watson competed on her horse "HF Tahnee Too" to a fifth-place finish in the western horsemanship. The Goshen, Ohio native bested a field of 184 in the preliminaries to compete in the finals. Watson and her horse "Tahnee" also placed ninth in the trail and a top-15 finish in showmanship.
"I was really happy with my go in the finals," Watson said. "I had one little trouble spot but I was so excited to place in the top five of a big class like that."
Watson is no stranger to the winner's circle. She was the 2012 world champion in western horsemanship and has won at major shows across the country, including the All American Quarter Horse Congress where she has won seven championships.
Tamulewicz, a seasoned all-around competitor from Westerville, Ohio experienced a different kind of youth world show experience.
"Since I wasn't competing in a lot of classes I got to see what the rest of the show was all about." Tamulewicz said. "Now I'm ready to get to Auburn and join the team."
Tamulewicz rode to a fifth place finish in the western pleasure with her horse, "Dark Jasmine." The duo won the event in 2011.
Stephens rode to an impressive finish at this year's world championship show. The APHA competitor rode her horse, "Sensational Hannah" to a world championship finish in novice youth trail, a reserve world championship in novice youth western riding, fourth place in hunt seat equitation 14-18, fifth place in hunter under saddle 14-18, sixth in the western horsemanship 14-18 and 10th in the showmanship 14-18.
"As far as the show went, I couldn't have asked for it to go any better," said Stephens. "I couldn't be more proud of my horse, it was a huge blessing."
Western coach Lisa Dorsey was impressed with the potential these riders showed over the summer.
"I'm very proud of how successful our incoming freshmen were over the summer," Dorsey said. "These young ladies have done an outstanding job and we are excited to see what the future holds for them at Auburn."
The Auburn equestrian team kicks off its season September 28 against Fresno State at the Auburn Horse Center.