Sept. 24, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – Megan Hawkins of the University of Georgia equestrian team has been selected to represent the NCEA at the first-ever AQHA Horsemanship Challenge. Hawkins will be competing at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show on Nov. 14-15.
Hawkins was nominated following her stellar performance throughout the 2011-12 season. Hawkins will be competing alongside fellow All-Americans Johnna Letworth of South Carolina, Katy Krshka of Oklahoma State and Carey Nowacek of Texas A&M. Indy Roper of Auburn, Lauren Crivelli of Fresno State, Alexie Estrado of TCU and Parris Rice of Baylor were also invited to show.
“I am thrilled for Megan to be selected to compete in the inaugural Horsemanship Challenge,” assistant coach Mary Meneely said. “Megan is an ambassador for the sport of equestrian and will represent Georgia in a stellar fashion.”
An All-American, Hawkins finished the regular-season with a record of 12-2 and 5 MVP titles in western horsemanship. Hawkins posted a season-high score of 78 twice this season, the first coming against South Carolina and the second versus Fresno State.
Hawkins followed her dominating regular-season performance with an MVP-winning ride at the Southern Equestrian Championship. At the NCEA Championship, Hawkins rode to a 1-2 record, including a win over Whitney Unkefer of Kansas State.
Hawkins and the rest of the equestrian team will take to the ring for the season-opener on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m., against defending National Champions and Southeastern Conference newcomer Texas A&M at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga.