Getting the opportunity to be part of a team that won a second-straight national championship last season was a fulfilling experience for Becca Murray.
However, in a collegiate equestrian realm that is seeing more parity with each coming season, Murray — a 2009 Burbank High graduate — and her Texas A&M University teammates realized winning a title at this season's 11th Varsity Equestrian National Championships was going to be a difficult task.
But the Aggies were indeed up to the task, as they captured their fourth straight championship by the slimmest of margins, winning a tiebreaker against Oklahoma State to capture the overall title.
Texas A&M also accomplished a first in the victory, as it became the first team in the sport's history to place both Western and English squads in the finals.
Murray, a junior, said being able to win a third national title is a bit overwhelming.
"It's pretty awesome, really," said Murray, who went 2-1 in the championship in the reining discipline. "Having three championship rings is pretty unbelievable. I would have been happy with just one. But it's pretty cool to have three."