Anderson Named National Rider of the Year

May 14, 2018

FORT WORTH, Texas- TCU equestrian's Laska Anderson was named the Horsemanship Rider of the Year by the NCEA, announced Monday.

Accolades Abound
Anderson, a sophomore from Leitchfield, Ky., earned the annual accolade for her outstanding performance throughout the 2017-18 season in Horsemanship. She has been highlighted many times this season for her accomplishments, including being selected to the All-Big 12 Horsemanship Team and to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team with a 4.0 GPA. For the NCEA, she was selected as an Ariat NCEA All-America First Team selection; only the third sophomore to be tabbed First Team in their respective disciplines for the Frogs. To add to her academic accolades, she was also selected Farnam NCEA All-Academic First Team. She was named Rider of the Month in November and February by the Big 12, as well as in January and February for the NCEA. At the NCEA Championship, she was named Elite Equestrian, the award for the rider who has the highest GPA among all riders competing in the semifinals of the championship.

Riding Strong
In her sophomore season, Anderson competed a total of 21 times, 14 of them occurring in the regular season. Her average score from those 14 meets was a 74.25, with her high score of 79 coming against Baylor in February. She earned four MOP accolades against Texas A&M, Fresno State, UT-Martin, and SMU, respectively. Her largest win margin came by default against a zero in the meet against Georgia, where she had a 68.5-point ride. Her next largest was against SMU with a 75.5-68.5 decision, earning her point by a margin of 7. She finished the regular season with a 12-1-1 record, and followed it with a 5-1-1 record in postseason play, combining for an overall record of 17-2-2.



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