MIAMI, OK — Bailey Forester, a freshman at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, placed fourth in the national competition of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association in Harrisburg, Pa.
She competed against 12 other riders from across the nation who qualified through the regional and then semifinal competitions.
The school’s Presidents Partners program provided $1,500 to cover travel expenses.
“Bailey represented NEO extremely well at nationals,” said Chelsie Huseman, NEO equestrian coach. “She proved that NEO Equestrian belongs at the national competition level, and for that we are very proud of her.”
A native of Gallatin, Tenn., she rides for the equestrian team as an advanced rider. She has spent her life competing in equestrian events. She qualified for regionals in just one semester of competition. Most riders take two years to get qualified.
“I'm so honored to have represented NEO at the national level. It was such a thrill to compete against so many high-quality riders. I had a great time and enjoyed every moment I was in Pennsylvania. I can't wait to start this whole process again next year,” Forester said.
As a team, NEO ended the season as the region’s reserve high point team. A record nine riders qualified for the regional competition.
NEO will start its third year of competition in the fall, hosting an IHSA show on Nov. 1 at the multipurpose arena.
Katie Dewey is coordinator of marketing and public relations for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.