NEW MEXICO STATE SEASON PREVIEW


NEW MEXICO STATE SEASON PREVIEW
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The nationally ranked New Mexico State Aggies equestrian team looks to continue to build this season, which will begin at home for the first time in several years.

In the 2014-2015 season, the Aggies posted a 3-1 record at home, and a 7-8 record overall, defeating nationally ranked opponent and eventual United Equestrian Conference (UEC) Champions Fresno State University early on in the season.

2014-2015 also saw the graduation of many decorated seniors of the program, including 2014 AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge Champion Lauren DeVoe, UEC Reining Rider of the Year and two-time NCEA All American Brynn Larson, Pin Oak Collegiate Equitation over Fences Invitational Reserve Champion Amber Tassel, horsemanship rider Clarissa Edgerton, reining rider Marissa Bartmann and hunter seat standouts Julie Frey and Shannon Dooley.

“Though we graduated some outstanding starters last season, we are pleased with the student-athletes that will be stepping in to their place,” NMSU head coach Robin Morris Walters said. “They are settling in to the format and making their own way, and will help us continue to build on our team’s success.”

Hunter Seat

For the coming season, the Aggies will look to return several key players from the 2014-2015 season with Cori Cromwell, Chelsea Brady, Grace McMurry, Remington Willkie, and Captain Elizabeth Solomon, all of whom played pivotal roles in the success of the Aggies hunter seat squad last season.

They will also be looking to their talented freshman class to fill in the gaps.

“They are a fairly young team, but don't let that fool you,” said Hunter Seat Coach Jessica Steele, “We're returning several riders that played key roles last season, and our freshman class has had a huge amount of experience and success in their junior careers. We expect them to do great things in the collegiate format.”

Western

This season the Aggies return several starters from 2014-2015, including Captain Rianna Storey and Hallie Padilla in the Horsemanship, and Captain Haley Newkirk and Kimmy Ferrante in the reining. They, too, will be looking to their freshman and sophomore classes to step into the action this season and continue the Aggies' winning ways.

“This season we will be showing several new riders in each event that are prepared to take their place in the show pen, many of whom have continued to show on their own this summer outside of the collegiate format,” Morris Walters said. “I expect our returners to take the lead and set the tone for the rest of their squad, with the plan to have consistent and solid performances.”

Coach Morris Walters and her New Mexico State Aggies will look to post their first win of the season on October 3 when they will host UEC rival SMU.

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