NMSU Defeats SMU in Tie-Breaker
The No. 9 NM State equestrian team and No. 10 SMU ended in a 9-9 tie, but the Aggies won the tie-breaker by a score of 1501.25 to 1479.25 to defeat the Mustangs on Saturday at the New Mexico State Equestrian Center.
NM State (1-0) won both western events as they captured a 3-2 victory in horsemanship and a 3-1 win in reining over SMU (1-3). Katlynn Crine, Rianna Storey and Morgan Matzdorff each earned a point with scores of 74.5, 72.5 and 75, respectively. In reining, Kyla Myers earned a score of 68.5, Kimberly Ferrante collected a score of 70 and Katherine Arnold scored a 68.5 to earn the Aggies' three points.
Cori Cromwell scored an 85 to tie with SMU's Alex Butterworth, but Chelsea Brady earned a score of 82 to collect a point as NM State fell 3-1 in equitation over fences. Cromwell garnered a point in equitation with 77 points and Elizabeth Solomon scored 79 points to earn a point as the Aggies fell 3-2 in equitation.
Georgia Completes Weekend Sweep
No. 1 Georgia equestrian picked up their second win of the weekend after downing Delaware State 9-5. The Bulldogs have improved to 3-0 on the season. Jessica Blum (Equitation on the Flat), Kyndall Harper (Reining) and Heather Schmidt (Horsemanship) earned MVP honors for Georgia.
This was a fantastic experience on the road with new horses,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “We are very grateful for Delaware State for hosting this competition. There are definitely some adjustments we have to make as we get ready for competition against Oklahoma State.”
Competition started with Equitation Over Fences where Delaware State outscored Georgia 2-1. Delaware State took the first point before Jessica Blum grabbed a point over Delaware State’s Tiffany Lee 83-82. Emma Mandarino and her opponent rode to a tie with a score of 85. Delaware State won the final point of the event.
In Equitation on the Flat, Georgia won the first two points with Jessica Blum and Liza Finsness outscoring Delaware State 86-0 and 85-77, respectively. Delaware State earned the next point before Meg O’Mara defeated Hayley Anderson 77-67. Going into the western portion of competition, the Bulldogs led the Hornets 4-3.
Georgia pulled ahead in Reining with a score of 3-0. Lauren Garmon won the first point before Kyndall Harper grabbed a point from Delaware State outscoring her opponent 66.5-66. Charley Thiel and Delaware State’s Elizabeth Koons rode to a tie score of 61.5. Claudia Spreng earned the final point of the event 65.5-64.
Georgia and Delaware State split a 2-2 decision in Horsemanship. Delaware State’s Brooke Moore won the first point over Georgia’s Sammie Johnson 75.5-75. Heather Schmidt won the next point for Georgia 76-71 before Bailey Anderson defeated her opponent 74.5-71. Delaware State’s Abi Buckwalter closed out the event grabbing the final point for the Hornets.
Bulldog Equestrian Tops Delaware State, 10-9
The Bulldog equestrian team defeated Delaware State, 10-9 on Saturday at the Delaware State Fairgrounds indoor arena. Fresno State owns a 1-1 overall record looking forward to the Willis Invitational, Oct. 9-10 in Waco, Texas.
Fresno State was coming off a 12-8 loss to No. 1 Georgia on Friday, and capped opening day tied 4-4 at the conclusion of the Hunt Seat competition against the Hornets.
On Friday, the two teams began with Equitation Over Fences where Fresno State fell 3-1 before gaining momentum heading into the flat. The ‘Dogs battled back to tie the score 4-4 after edging the Hornets 3-1 in Equitation on the Flat.
Freshman Alexandra Dirickson led the Hunt Seat team, earning a near perfect score of 91 in Equitation on the Flat. Sophomore transfer Alex Peltier scored the lone point for the ‘Dogs in Equitation Over Fences, defeating her opponent 73 to 71.
The ‘Dogs opened Saturday with a 3-1 victory in Horsemanship over Delaware State, gaining a 7-5 advantage heading into the final event of the day. In Reining, the Bulldogs and Hornets tied 2-2 while Taylor Brown and Alysa Frias both earned a point.
Fresno State accounted for three of the four points in Horsemanship, as Taylor Dixon (72), Rachel Williams (76) and Brown (74.5) led the ‘Dogs to a 3-1 victory.
Kansas State Wins at South Dakota State
The K-State equestrian team prospered in their first road meet of the season on Saturday afternoon at DeHaan Equestrian Center, as Kansas State defeated South Dakota State in a head-to-head battle, 11-8.
Kansas State is now 1-0 on the season. The Wildcats clinched the wins in the Hunt Seat and Western arena in today’s matchup against SDSU: Hunt Seat, 6-4, and in Western, 5-4. Seven of the 11 points came from the upperclassmen leadership in today’s match up. The Wildcats took home two out of the four Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors. In Equitation over Fences: sophomore Molly Dunn and in Horsemanship senior Emily Castellini.
“Getting a win today was a great confidence boost for our team," K-State head coach Casie Maxwell said. "We struggled on the road last year, and we competed a lot of people today who have not played before, so it was really nice to see them come out and make a statement.”