AMPING UP FOR NATIONALS At the close of the Mustangs’ regular season, we ranked 5 th in the nation and had amply qualified for National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) Championship. With a potential roster in place, the show girls’ practices intensified to meet the demands of the impending competition. We scrimmaged the weekend before Nationals on our own horses so coaches could make one last assessment and finalize the roster. On Monday afternoon we packed up the trailer and on Tuesday morning we shipped out to Waco with four horses and eleven teammates. DAY 1 Obviously I’d gotten way too accustomed to my classes starting at 10AM because my 6:45AM wake-up seemed preposterously too early. In retrospect of the week, or even an average horse show, 6:45 is sleeping-in. Too tired to remember breakfast, I lugged my duffel, backpack, boot and helmet bags across campus to meet my teammates at the van that would take us to Waco
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