Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – On Wednesday, NM State head coach Robin Morris-Walters announced the addition of five more riders to the equestrian team for the upcoming season.
Quinn Brandt, Austin Brewer, Kaitlin Nelson, Erica Rosinski and Haylee Schoonover will round out the equestrian team’s 2015 signing class.
Brandt will join the Aggies from Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada and will focus on horsemanship. Brandt participated in the 2012 and 2014 Youth World Cup for Team Canada, where she placed in both horsemanship and showmanship. She is a multiple Canadian National Quarter Horse Show Champion and had numerous year-end high point awards in the Manitoba Quarter Horse Association. She is an American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Championship qualifier, has 26 AQHA All-Around awards to her credit and has earned the AQHA Youth Championship merit award.
“We are pleased that Quinn will be joining the team this fall,” said Morris-Walters. “She took a year after graduating high school to pursue competitive riding, worked with some of the best trainers in the industry, and will be coming to NM State with great show experience. Her past experience riding for Canada in the AQHA Youth World Cup will prove valuable in the collegiate format as well. Quinn will be a great addition to the horsemanship squad.”
Brewer will also represent the Aggies in horsemanship. The Nampa, Idaho native is an AQHYA World Championship qualifier and received numerous awards and placings at major AQHA events throughout the southwest.
Brewer had a Top Three finish at the 2014 NSBA World Championship in Novice Youth Showmanship. She was the American Buckskin Registry Association (ABRA) World Championship Show Youth Reserve All-Around Champion in both 2012 and 2013. In 2012, Brewer was also the ABRA Reserve World Champion in horsemanship for ages 14-18, while in 2013 she was the ABRA World Champion in the same event.
“Austin will be a great addition to our program,” said Morris-Walters. “She comes to NM State with great show experience and is very competitive. Austin will certainly add to our team’s depth and I look forward to seeing how she does in the collegiate head-to-head format for the Aggies.”
Nelson will participate in hunter seat for NM State. Nelson was a Northern Illinois Hunter Jumper Association Children’s Medal Final champion in 2013 and was a qualifier for the same competition in 2014.
The Elmhurst, Ill. native qualified for both the Marshall and Sterling Adult Medal Final and the Illinois Hunter Jumper Association Adult Medal Final. Nelson also racked up multiple wins and championships on the ‘AA’ Circuit in the junior equitation and hunter divisions.
“Kaitlin is going to be a great addition to our program,” said assistant coach Jessica Steele. “She has good show experience and has proven herself to be an excellent student. I am very excited to add her to the roster and see what she can do in the collegiate format”.
Rosinski will join NM State in hunter seat. Rosinski was a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Pony Finals qualifier in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and a USEF Pony Medal Finals qualifier in those same years.
The Charlotte, N.C. native won the 2012 South Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Sportsmanship Award, was an Interscholastic Equestrian Association Regional finalist in 2014 and won numerous awards and honors in the rated pony hunter divisions.
“Erica will bring a wealth of experience to the hunter seat squad,” said Steele. “She has a strong equitation background with great show experience and is very driven. I am confident she will transition to collegiate riding with ease and will make a significant impact on our hunter seat squad.”
Haylee Schoonover will compete in horsemanship for the Aggies. Listed as the No. 2 youth in the nation in 2011 by the American Paint Horse Association (APHA), Schoonover has multiple World and Reserve titles in both APHA and Pinto Horse Association of America (PtHa) that span over the past 10 years.
In 2011, the Eagle Mountain, Utah native was named No. 1 in horsemanship for the APHA Honor Roll. Schoonover also had numerous placings and honors at regional APHA events.
“I am thrilled that Haylee will join the horsemanship squad this fall,” said Morris-Walters. “She has great horse show experience and will definitely add to our team’s success. We’re looking forward to great things from Haylee and are very excited that she will be joining us at NM State.”