Oct. 29, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - University of Georgia equestrian Rachel Kolb won the All American Quarter Horse Congress Youth 15-18 All-Around Championship last week. Kolb was also named the Youth Reserve Champion.
"I am extremely proud of Rachel," assistant coach Mary Meneely said. "This win is a testament to the hard work that she puts in everyday. Rachel, Laura, Maria and Morgan all represent Georgia extremely well on the national circuit and is a testament to how talented our entire team is."
Kolb got the show started by being named the champion in Youth Performance Gelding. She followed that performance up with a Reserve Championship in Hunt Seat Equitation. Kolb also earned a fifth-place finish in Novice Youth Trail.
Also competing at Congress was Laura Malone, who placed fourth in both Youth Performance Gelding and Youth Showmanship and earned a top-10 finish in Hunt Seat Equitation.
The All American Quarter Horse Congress, held October 5-28 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, showcased some of the best horse and rider combinations in the world. Throughout its three-week duration, exhibitors compete in a wide variety of events, from Hunter Under Saddle and Western Pleasure to Barrel Racing and Pole Bending. Some of the most prestigious awards highlight the versatility of the American Quarter Horse, and its ability to successfully compete in many different types of classes. These awards include six All-Around awards, one each for Open, Amateur, Youth, Youth aged 15-18, Youth aged 12-14 and Youth aged 11 and Under, as well as four High-Point awards, one each for Amateur Select, Novice Amateur, Novice Youth aged 14-18 and Novice Youth 13 aged 13 and Under.
In order to be eligible for an All-Around award, the horse must compete in at least three different categories of events, as determined by the American Quarter Horse Association. Each horse then receives points, based on how they placed in each class.