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Dec. 4, 2007

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Gamecock equestrians Chloe Gray and Kyla Thurlow competed in the 2007 Adequan North American Affiliate Championships last weekend and finished among the top riders from the East region in the competition that was held at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Arena.

Gray (Tampa, Fla.), participating in the North American Affiliate Championship Youth 14-18 class, rode two horses and finished 21st and 32nd, respectively. As the highest placing Florida native and third-highest placing East region member, Gray scored a 205.50 riding “Mr. Royal Juice” and a 201.00 while riding “Dun It Some More.”

Thurlow (Pompano Beach, Fla.) participated in the North American Affiliate Championship Rookie class and placed 16th with a score of 205.50 while riding “Badger Red Baron.” Thurlow was the third-highest placing rider from the East region.

Gray and Thurlow competed against more than 1,000 entries from Canada, the United States and Mexico. National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) riders qualify for the championships through their respective Regional Affiliate Finals and must ride on their own horses. It was Gray’s third time competing at the championships and the first for Thurlow.

The freshman duo has competed in reining in every competition for South Carolina this season and are two of only three freshmen to compete in all six competitions. Each has posted the high score for South Carolina in reining twice, with Thurlow’s 74.5 against South Dakota State earning her MVP honors for the event. Gray concluded the fall season with three wins, tying for the most of the fall season in reining.