Kristen McPherson, a senior at Lander Valley High School, has committed to the Baylor University Equestrian program next fall.

McPherson has been showing AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) and APHA (American Paint Horse Association) competitively for six years. She holds multiple World and World Reserve titles. McPherson has two World Titles in Trail and one in Horsemanship, plus two Reserve World Titles in Showmanship, two Reserve World Titles in Western Riding, and one Reserve World Title in Horsemanship.

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Kristen is a member of the three-time Class 3A defending state champion girls’ swimming and diving team at LVHS. She took fourth place in the 100 backstroke and 10th in the 200 individual medley at the 2019 Class 3A state championships.

In addition, McPherson is a Class Vice President for the 2020-21 school year. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and active in the local FFA chapter.  In the 2018-19 school year, McPherson was seventh in High Individual National FFA Horse Evaluation. Her team took eighth place.

McPherson maintains a 3.875-grade point average.

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In 1988, the NCAA, along with the Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA), adopted equestrian as an emerging sport for women. There are currently 20 Division I and II schools that sponsor equestrian programs. The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) was created as a governing body for the sport. It’s responsible for administrating the rules and guidelines of equestrian.

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