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Sept. 1, 2006

Columbia, S.C. – First year USC equestrian team member Kristina Papendick demonstrated her prowess at the recent American Quarter Horse Youth Association Championships. Papendick left the event, held at the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, with two world championships, claiming the hunt under saddle and western riding titles.

“It’s an amazing finish,” said Papendick. “I already had one buckle this year and I was plenty happy with that. To top it off with this is unreal.”

This was Papendick’s second western AQHYA championship, her first English championship. It was also the first world title for Papendick’s horse, Must Be A Detail, also known as Stewy to Papendick. Stewy and Papendick have been working together since January. Papendick rode Harley D Zip to her western world title.

Papendick is a pre-med student from Rapid City, South Dakota, and already has a long list of achievements in the equestrian world. She is currently ranked in the top five in the nation in horsemanship, western riding, and hunter under saddle. Papendick was the reserve champion in western riding, ages 14 to 18, at the 2005 Quarter Horse Congress, where she also had a third place finish in the Trail division and a seventh in Horsemanship.