Gute Selected for Collegiate Reining Championship
June 7, 2018
2018 Collegiate Reining Championship Selection
WACO, Texas — University of South Carolina rising junior Caroline Gute has been selected to represent the National Collegiate Equestrian Association in the 2018 National Reining Horse Association Derby Collegiate Reining Championship, the NCEA announced late Wednesday night. The event will be held on Friday, June 29 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Gute will be joined at the 2018 Collegiate Reining Championship by NCEA riders Holly Lansidel (SMU), Paige Barton (Fresno State), Terri June Granger (Auburn), Annabeth Payne (Georgia), Kyndall Harper (Georgia), Courtney Yohey (Texas A&M) and Madison Steed (SMU), along with IHSA All-Americans Morgan Knerr (Findlay), Danielle Paulson (Wisconsin-River Falls), Travis Fortune (Murray State) and Kendall Woellmer (West Texas A&M).
This is the second consecutive season that Gute has been selected for the Collegiate Reining Championship. Prior to that, the last Gamecock to earn a spot at the event was Layla Choate in 2015.
Gute finished the 2017-18 season with nine victories, including a team-best three reining MOP honors. She was an NCEA first-team All-American as a freshman and went 5-1 at the NCEA Championship as a sophomore.
Each year, the NRHA holds a Collegiate Reining Championship at the NRHA Derby, giving some of the top NCEA Reining athletes a chance to compete on one of the biggest stages in the western reining world. The winner of the Collegiate Reining Championship receives the Morrison Bronze trophy, which is donated by the NRHA.