No. 4 Auburn upsets No. 2 South Carolina, 14-6
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. – The fourth-ranked Auburn equestrian team upset No. 2 South Carolina, 14-6, on Friday at the One Wood Farm.
“This is a great win,” head coach Greg Williams said. “Winning on the road, particularly against any SEC team, is really hard. Our girls, we have been talking about this all along, have been preparing so well. I actually had an expectation that we were going to win, and they deserved to win. They rode fantastic today. I can’t wait for more meets now.”
Auburn (2-0, 1-0 SEC) went into halftime with a 7-3 lead after winning Reining, 4-1, and Fences, 3-2. Freshman Blair McFarlin earned her first career win, defeating Bridgett White, 72-69. Senior Allie Dusha topped Paisley Roberts, 68.5-59.5, before sophomore Alexa Rivard edged out Bailey Walters, 70.5-70. Senior Hailey Munger scored a 74 to defeat Kara Guertin’s 72.5, earning MOP honors.
In Fences, freshman Caitlin Boyle knocked off Sydney Smith, 89-78. Junior Ashley Foster defeated Samantha Kraus 90-86 to earn MOP honors, before senior Elizabeth Benson scored the seventh point with an 85-82 victory over Samantha Smith.
After intermission, senior Hannah Loseke defeated Bailey Mierzejewski 71-70.5, in Horsemanship. Junior Hannah Stephens closed out the event with a 74.5-72 win over Madison Thiel. In Equitation on the Flat, Boyle scored a 94 to earn the 10th point for the Tigers, before Foster clinched the match with an 87-83 victory over Samantha Smith. Freshman Hayley Iannotti defeated Samantha Kraus, 83-75, before Benson closed the match with a 96-82 victory over Lauren Fabiano, winning her 20th career MOP.
Cowgirls Defeat K-State on the Road
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Larry Sanchez's No. 6-ranked Oklahoma State Cowgirls handily defeated Kansas State, 13-7 on Friday.
"I am very proud of our team today," Sanchez said. "They rode extremely well, particularly our hunt seat riders."
The Cowgirls dominated Hunterseat competition, 8-2.
Maggie Drysch (Fences) and Kendall Pedigo (Flat) were awarded with Most Outstanding Player honors in the meet for the Hunterseat events.
Drysch finished with a meet-high 85 individual score in Equitation over Fences.
Drysch, Carley Barrick (82), All-American Jorden Davis (83) and Katie Jones (81) were all victorious in Equitation over Fences.
Equitation on the Flat went similarly well, as Pedigo (80), Drysch (70), Davis (82) and Barrick (78) all contributed triumphs for the Cowgirls.
Barrick's two victories continued her hot start to the season, making her 4-0 across all events.
Miranda Reed (74) and Elizabeth Collins (72.5) posted wins in Horsemanship for Oklahoma State.
Reed's efforts earned Most Outstanding Player honors in Horsemanship.
Ebba Lange (72.5), Erin Willoughby (70.5) and All-American Justine Peters (66.5) all came away with individual victories in Reining.
The Cowgirls finished 3-2 in Reining and 2-3 in Horsemanship, making the Western score 5-5.
After two meets into the season, the Cowgirls have impressively lost only one out of eight events.
"Coach (Sammy) Elser and Coach (Jenna) Blumer are doing a great job and I couldn't be more proud to have them on my staff," Sanchez said.
Baylor Equestrian Downs UT-Martin to Open Willis Invitational
WACO, Texas – The third-ranked Baylor equestrian team defeated Tennessee-Martin (UTM) 14-2 in the first round of the Willis Invitational on Friday at the Willis Family Equestrian Center, sweeping in equitation and horsemanship.
The round-robin field, featuring Baylor, Fresno State, New Mexico State, and UTM, means that only one team will leave the competition with a victory, whereas the remainder of Baylor's meets in 2015-16 are head-to-head competitions. With Baylor's win over UTM, the Bears move on to face New Mexico State, with the two teams already having started the second round with equitation on the flat and reining.
In Baylor's win over UTM, the Bears rolled through with relative ease, taking four points from equitation and horsemanship. The Bears also had a 3-1 win in both fences and reining.
Baylor finished off the contest winning the hunter seat events, 7-1, and the western events, 7-1.
No. 9 New Mexico State upset No. 5 Fresno, 9-7 in the first round, while the Aggies will conclude their meet with Baylor Saturday before the Bears move on to face the Bulldogs. UTM and FSU began two rounds of competition in equitation on the flat and reining Friday afternoon and will conclude Saturday.
NM State Tops No. 5 Fresno State
WACO, Texas – The No. 9 NM State equestrian team dominated equitation over fences with a score of 3-1 on their way to a 9-7 victory over No. 5 Fresno State on day one of the Willis Invitational on Friday.
Samantha Perlman, Cori Cromwell and Chelsea Brady each acquired a point in equitation over fences by scores of 78.0, 66.0 and 73.0, respectively. Brady and Cromwell also both used a score of 74.0 in equitation on the flat to garner two points for the Aggies. These points, combined with the equitation over fences, helped the Aggies win the hunter seat event 5-3.
NM State also captured a 3-1 victory in reining. Kimberly Ferrante scored a 70.0, Jaimie Story scored a 64.5 and Hallie Padilla racked up a score of 67.0 to each earn a point for the Aggies. After Morgan Matzdorff earned a score of 72.0 to capture a point in horsemanship, NM State and Fresno State tied the western event 4-4.