COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M equestrian sophomore transfer Sarah Kate Grider will begin her career with the Aggies as an American Junior Paint Horse Association (AjPHA) World Champion after taking honors at the AjPHA World Show in Fort Worth this summer.
Grider (Quitman, Texas) was the top competitor in the Youth Working Cow Horse 18 & Under class, winning an AjPHA World Championship in the event for the sixth straight time in the six years the AjPHA has sponsored the event. Grider and her fellow competitors showed in two categories - rein work and cow work – to receive an overall score. The sophomore marked a 206.5 in rein work and a 219.5 in cow work for a 426.0 overall score to defend her title.
“It being my last year to show as a youth it was a special win,” Grider said. “I have won the Cow Horse every year that they have had it at the AjPHA World Show so to be able to defend the title my last year was a good feeling. My horse, ChiliPepper, and I love the working cow horse and we've learned a lot about it together since we started showing in it back in 2005. My dad is a cow horse trainer so he taught me just about everything I know and I can't thank him enough for all he has done for ChiliPepper and me.”
Grider will compete in reining with the Texas A&M equestrian team this fall after transferring from North Central Texas College, where she competed on NCTC’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team.
After the annual Maroon & White Scrimmage on Sept. 20, action will get underway with the squad’s first show, at Kansas State on Oct. 5. To learn more about Texas A&M equestrian, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.