Saturday, February 6, 2016

No. 4 Texas A&M Upsets No. 3 Baylor, 10-8

No. 4 Texas A&M equestrian upset No. 3 Baylor, 10-8, Friday at the Hildebrand Equine Complex. With the win, the Aggies move to 7-2 (2-2 SEC) on the season.

“The girls were obviously disappointed after last weekend and I think that came into play when we were practicing this week,” head coach Tana McKay said. “We had some tough practices. The girls were ready for another top-3 team, and I thought we were consistent today across the board. It is always challenging with a judged sport, but I think we were really good at being consistent in all four events.”

The Aggies took an early 3-1 lead after Reining as junior Jaci Marley earned the first point of the match, defeating Claire Uhlman, 64.5-55. Junior Sarah Kate Grider topped Elizabeth Shank, 71-70.5, before senior Hannah Jechow earned MOP honors after defeating Mary Brown, 70.5-69.

The Bears evened the match at four after Equitation on the Flat as senior Audrey Gallagher picked up the lone point for the Aggies, defeating Jenny Mitchell, 81-79, to earn MOP honors.

Texas A&M regained the lead, winning Horsemanship, 3-2. Junior Kaci Fisher secured the first point, defeating Bray Bergstrom, 73.5-69.5. Baylor reeled off back-to-back wins before senior Carolyn Day scored a 73.5 to defeat Abbi Demel’s 67, and senior Logan Pluhar closed the event with a 74-73 victory over Charlotte Green.

In Equitation over Fences, Marlena Parker defeated Paige Parker, 84-78, before sophomore Alex Desiderio and freshman Rebekah Chenelle cliniched the win for the Aggies. Desiderio knocked off Gabby Conte, 82-77, for her seventh win of the season, while Chenelle edged out Alicia Gasser, 81-80.

No. 6 TCU Dominates No. 7 Fresno State, 14-6

No. 6 TCU claimed two MOP accolades en route to a 14-6 dismantling of No. 7 Fresno State Friday at Turning Point Ranch.

“We’re very pleased with the outcome today and had lots of really strong rides," TCU Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield said. "We did have some little mental mistakes that we can fix as we prepare next week for Baylor, but overall it was a really great start to the spring season and we’re really happy with how the horses and people performed.”

On the Hunt Seat side, TCU took home both MOP honors with Nicole Diamantis earning MOP honors in Equitation on the Flat and Molly Peddicord claiming accolades in Equitation over Fences. Diamantis dropped Alex Dirickson, 86-64, to post her second MOP ride of the year. Jayme Omand, Emelie Burgess and Peddicord rounded out the Horned Frog notables in the discipline, upending Genna Fogelberg, Sierra Swaffar and Kylina Chalack, respectively.
In Equitation over Fences, Peddicord remained undefeated on the season at 8-0, dropping Dani Schneider, 85-83. Carley Barnett followed, upending Alex Dirickson, 86-74, while Emery Hanson and Diamantis downed Kylina Chalack and Sierra Swaffar, respectively.
On the Western side, Chantz Stewart improved to 8-0 in Reining by defeating Aly Frias, 72-70.5. Hunter DeJane took the other point in the discipline, dropping Taylor Dixon, 71-69.
In Horsemanship, TCU had a stellar outing as the Frogs claimed four out of the five points.

Lacy Bohn, Alex Stark, Erin Gillette and Megan McMullen were all victorious for the Purple and White

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