SMU Knocks Off South Dakota State, 13 - 5 For First Win
Six different hunt seat riders and five different western riders earned victories as the SMU Mustangs captured its first victory of the year, 13 - 5, over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, Friday afternoon at Sleepy P Ranch.
"It was a great effort today," said head coach Carol Gwin. "This last week we were talking about the goals we want to accomplish and today we achieved those goals. I am very pleased with our riders and the horses rode great. It is very exciting to walk away with a big victory and four MOPs in all events. Obviously this was a team effort and it showed in the outcome."
The day opened with equitation over fences where SMU (1-3) jumped ahead of South Dakota State (1-3), 4-1. Senior Schaefer Raposa led the way for the Mustangs, opening the discipline with an easy 85-68 victory over Blair Julia Wright en route to her fifth MOP of the season. The fifth MOP ties Raposa with teammate Slyvia de Toledo for the single-season MOP record. Nora Gray, de Toledo and Alex Butterworth all followed Raposa's lead, posting a score of 80 or higher. Gray outdid Alissa Greenwald, 83-72, before de Toledo outrode Marielle Golden, 82-78, and Butterworth rounded off the discipline with an 80-75 win over Jessica Andronowitz. The lone South Dakota State point came against Julia Fowler, who was bested 73-50 by the Jackrabbits' Jacey Chorlton.
With a 4-1 lead, Mustang hunt seat riders managed to pull away from the Jackrabbits posting a 4-1 in equitation on the flat discipline. Leina King picked up her first flats victory of the year and her first career MOP, rolling over Marielle Golden, 84-72. De Toledo, Hayley Banas and Gray all followed the trend picking up wins. Gray, who edged Taylor Duerr 70-69, improves to 4-0 and holds on to her perfect flats record.
The western events were neck-and-neck throughout the whole meet. SMU edged South Dakota State with a 3-2 margin of victory in horsemanship. Before closing the door on the Jackrabbits with a 2-1 margin of victory in reining.
During horsemanship, Jaclyn White and Hannah McCain both posted a western-team high 74.5, claiming 74.5-74 and 74.5-73.5 wins, respectively. McCain came home with the MOP her first of the season. Ashley Mauney won her first event of the season, managing a 74-72.5 over Nicole Siebold. Morgan Redwine and Michaela Dinger both were outrode, 74.5-73.5 and 72.5-69, respectively.
In the reining disciplines, Madison Steed and Olivia Pakula both garnished victories, Steed knocking off Nicole Harvey, 71-66.5 and claiming the MOP, before Pakula finished off Miranda Sullivan, 71.5-66.5. Two ties were recorded and while White was the lone SMU loss.
No. 3 Baylor Equestrian Outpaces K-State in Manhattan
No. 3 Baylor Equestrian (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) earned its second consecutive tiebreaker victory on the road this season, downing Kansas State (1-2, 0-2 Big 12) in a tense meet that finished in a 9-9 draw. The overall mark favored the Bears, earning their second Big 12 win of the season, 1452.3-1347.3.
"Kansas is a very competitive on their home turf, so it is always a good win," Baylor head coach Ellen White said. "There are a few areas we need to work to clean up, but overall the girls rode fantastic."
The Bears swept on equitation on the flat with Alicia Gasser, Jenny Mitchell, Savannah Jenkins, and Paige Parke, 4-0.
The Bears were unable to take the advantage on fences, with the Wildcats holding the edge, 3-2. Parker and Jenkins earned the points for the Bears. Despite the over fences loss, Baylor equitation bounced back with a 6-3 win on hunter seat.
The Bears were bested in western, 6-3. The Wildcats were able to tie the meet with a 4-1 advantage in horsemanship. Freshman Abbi Demel earned Baylor’s only point.
Heading into reining locked up at 7-7, KSU took a 2-1 advantage, with BU down to the final rider. Ginger Chant pulled out the equalizing point, tying the match at 9-9. Down to the raw points tiebreaker, Baylor held the advantage and maintained their perfect record.