K-State’s Bovaird named NCEA Rider of the Month

By The Mercury

WACO, Texas — The National Collegiate Equitation Association (NCEA) announced on Thursday its March Rider of the Month honors, with K-State’s Kelly Bovaird taking the accolade in Horsemanship.

This is Bovaird’s second March Rider of the Month honor, after earning the Big 12 award.

Hailing from Tulsa, Okla., Bovaird had a perfect March, compiling a 3-0 record with one Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honor.

The senior earned her first win of the month in dramatic fashion, defeating TCU’s Rylee Morgan on the final ride on Senior Day. She also picked up two wins during the Big 12 Championship. Her wins came over OSU’s Ty Paris and TCU’s Erin Gillette.

Joining Bovaird was Auburn riders Quincy Hayes (Equitation Over Fences), Demi Stiegler (Equitation on the Flat) and Oklahoma State rider Justine Peters (Reining).

The Wildcats are in the midst of preparing for the NCEA National Championship. The Championship takes place April 17-19 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. The Wildcats will take on Texas A&M in the first round.

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