No. 7 Georgia Defeats Delaware State, 18-2
BISHOP, Ga. — No. 7 Georgia equestrian’s Hunt Seat squad shut out Delaware State on the way to an 18-2 victory over the Hornets Saturday afternoon at the UGA Equestrian Complex. Georgia picked up two wins this weekend to improve to 6-4 on the season with a 2-2 mark against Southeastern Conference opponents.
Georgia riders earned all four Most Outstanding Performance (MOP) honors with Meg O’Mara (Equitation on the Flat), Maddy Darst (Equitation Over Fences), Graysen Stroud (Horsemanship), and Claudia Spreng (Reining) being recognized for their rides.
Georgia swept Delaware State in Equitation Over Fences. Sydney Hutchins put Georgia on the board with an 84-79 victory over DSU’s Molly Gara. O’Mara rode to an 85-73 win, before Maddy Darst tied her career-high score of 89 to better Hayley Anderson’s 65, earning her second MOP honor in the event this season. Liza Finsness won the next point for the Bulldogs, 83-76. Emma Mandarino completed the sweep with a 69-63 advantage over Caroline Schock.
The Bulldogs gained a comfortable lead with a 4-1 advantage in Reining. In the leadoff position for Georgia, Kyndall Harper outscored Monica Ellis, 67.5-65. Lindsey Cheek followed with a 69-65.5 victory. In her collegiate debut, Annabeth Payne edged her opponent, 66.5-66, to win her first point for the Bulldogs. Claudia Spreng closed out the event with an MOP-earning 68.5-65 defeat of DSU’s Cheyenne Adams.
The Bulldogs swept the Hornets in Equitation on the Flat to complete the Hunt Seat shut out. Darst scored an 82 to better Schock’s 80. O’Mara earned MOP honors and tied her career-high score of 95, which she set yesterday against South Carolina, to defeat Emily Nelson’s 69. Grace Bridges followed suit, defeating her opponent 85-82, before Madison Newman rode to an 88-69 victory over Eva Epstien. Finsness clinched the sweep, defeating her opponent 87-76.
Georgia closed out the victory with a 4-1 advantage in Horsemanship. Madison Anger scored a 71.5 over Emily Fink’s 65. Payton Anderson followed with a 72.5-69.5 victory over her opponent. Bailey Anderson scored a 73 to better Shelbe Jarrett’s 71, before Stroud road to an MOP-earning 73.5-70.5 victory.
Georgia travels to Auburn to face the Tigers on Saturday, Feb. 11. Competition it slated to begin at 1 p.m. CT.
No. 1 Baylor Dominates No. 4 Oklahoma State
WACO, Texas — The Baylor equestrian team (9-2, 3-1 Big 12), competing in its first competition since taking over the No. 1 rank in the national poll, swept every event in a dominating win over the No. 4 Oklahoma State Cowgirls (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) on Saturday afternoon at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.
With a 15-4 win, the Bears handed OSU its largest margin of defeat in program history.
Running in both the covered and the Western arenas simultaneously, the competition opened with fences and reining.
In fences, the Bears scored first and never relinquished that lead. Alicia Gasser, Savannah Jenkins, Kelsie Brittan, and Shannon Hogue all recorded points for BU, with Gasser’s 78 earning the first of three Most Outstanding Performance (MOP) honors.
In reining, Maddison Smith, Elizabeth Shank, and Georgia Smith snagged points for BU, giving the Bears a 7-3 lead at the break.
After the changeover, BU built even more momentum. On the flat, Rachel Van Allen, Brittney Mirkov, Samantha Howell, and Gasser all taking their points, while Jenkins fought out to a tie. While four of the Bears scored 85+, including exhibition rider, Sam Matthews, Mirkov’s 86 earned the MOP nod.
In horsemanship, the Bears pounded out a 4-1 advantage, with Aspen Crew, Charlotte Green, Kelsie Holman, and Abbi Demel all logging points, with Green’s 74 picking up the MOP recognition.
- The win over No. 4 Oklahoma State marks Baylor’s 26th-straight regular season home win.
- Baylor’s 11-point win over the Cowgirls marked the largest margin of defeat in OSU program history, topping the previous high mark of 10, also scored by Baylor, on March 26, 2010.
The Bears head to Fresno, Calif., to participate in the Fresno Invitational on Feb. 17-18, going head-to-head with SMU and Fresno State.
No. 2 Texas A&M Rallies to Win at No. 5 SMU, 11-9
DALLAS, Texas — The No. 2 Texas A&M equestrian team rallied to defeat No. 5 SMU, 11-9, Saturday at the Dallas Equestrian Center.
"I am very proud of how the team closed out the day," head coach Tana McKay said. "We knew SMU was going to be tough, but the girls competed hard. We have another short week to get ready for another tough meet against South Carolina, but I am very proud of the team today."
The Aggies (6-2, 2-1 SEC) fell behind 4-1 after the meet's first event, Equitation over Fences. Junior Rachael Hake scored the lone point with a 90-85 victory over Nora Gray and was named MOP.
Sophomore Haley Franc recorded a 71-60 win against Jaclyn White to lead off Reining, before junior Madison Bohman tallied her team-high seventh win of the year, topping Casey Bibbs, 71-68.5. Senior Sarah Kate Grider edged out Holly Lansidel, 73-72, to close out the first half.
In Equitation on the Flat, senior Anna Rea was named MOP after notching an 80-78 victory over Nora Gray and junior Alex Desiderio defeated Sylvia de Toledo, 74-70.
Trailing by three heading into the final event, the Aggies swept Horsemanship, 5-0. The shutout is the squad's fourth of the season and third 5-0 sweep in the last four meets. Junior Bailey Cook started off with a 69.5-67.5 victory over Michaela Dinger, before junior Avery Ellis topped Hannah McCain, 75.5-68, to earn her second consecutive MOP honor.
Senior Rachel Lucht evened the meet at nine, besting Kara Vickery, 75-71. After senior Kaci Fisher defeated Morgan Redwine, 75-72, sophomore Sarah Orsak clinched the win with a 74-70 victory over Ashley Mauney.
The Aggies return to action Feb. 10 at the Hildebrand Equine Complex against No. 8 South Carolina at 11 a.m. Admission to the meet is free.
Carolina Defeats Delaware State, 14-6
BISHOP, Ga. — The University of South Carolina equestrian team earned their most convincing victory of the season on Saturday as they knocked off Delaware State, 14-6, in a neutral-site meet at the UGA Equestrian Complex. Carolina won all four disciplines to close the first spring weekend of the regular season.
In addition to the team victory, South Carolina collected three of the four MOP awards. Lauren Fabiano, Lizzie van der Walde and Madison Thiel all won top honors in Saturday's triumph.
The Gamecocks improve to 4-4 (1-3 SEC) with the win, while Delaware State falls to 0-9 on the year.
QUOTING HEAD COACH BOO MAJOR
"This was a great win today for our team. To win each event was a real confidence booster for us. We had a couple of riders that lost their concentration a little, but overall we had a super effort today."
EQUITATION ON THE FLAT RECAP
The Gamecocks began the day by taking four of the five points on the flat. Fabiano defeated Hayley Anderson on CJ, 84-75, and Chloe Schmidt followed with a 77-74 victory over Caroline Schock on Cookie Dough. Sydney Smith took down Emily Nelson, 81-0, on Granit, and van der Walde finished the event with an 87-70 triumph, riding Princeton past Rachel Dantley.
Fabiano was awarded MOP laurels at the end of the meet. It's her second MOP award this season.
Running simultaneously with the flat competition, Carolina won four of the five horsemanship points. Lindsey Slack overcame Balyne Bell, 72.5-70.5, on Abner, and Megan Overberg scored a big win over Angelina Watts, 72-65.5, on Bentley. Thiel grabbed a 73-69.5 victory on Skip over Shelbe Jarrett, and last but not least, Bailey Mierzejewski won for the second straight day when she beat Abigail Buckwalter, 72.5-71, on Whiz.
Thiel's score of 73 was the highest of the day in the horsemanship arena. The MOP honor is her second ever in horsemanship and her third overall MOP effort.
EQUITATION OVER FENCES RECAP
Three Gamecocks brought home victories in jumping. Madison Butehorn edged out Molly Gara on Cookie Dough, 83-82, and van der Walde was an 88-69 winner on Drohen over Schock. The third point came from Kirklen Petersen, who took down Nelson, 85-62, on Owen.
After winning both MOP honors in the exhibition win over Converse last week, van der Walde was the top jumper again on Saturday.
Three more Gamecocks scored reining victories. Jordan Scott earned a 68.5-60 win over Madison Sullivan on Banjo, and Caroline Gute squeaked past Monica Ellis, 66-65, on Peeko. The last point came from Kara Guertin, who scored a 58.5-58 win over Cheyenne Adams on Tootsie.
Reining was the lone event where the Hornets won the MOP. Jarrett was victorious after scoring 69 in her matchup, the high tally of the meet.
- Petersen's jumping victory was her first career regular-season win, while Thiel's horsemanship triumph was her first point in the event this season.
- With the victory, Carolina is now 10-2 all-time against the Hornets.
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
The Gamecocks head to the Lone Star State next weekend to face No. 2 Texas A&M and No. 9 TCU. The matchup with the Aggies is set for Friday, Feb. 10, while Carolina calls on the Horned Frogs on Sunday, Feb. 12
Major's team lost a tight battle with Texas A&M on Sept. 30 at One Wood Farm, 10-8. Madison Butehorn (fences) and Caroline Gute (reining) won MOP honors for the Gamecocks.
Carolina last faced TCU on Oct. 2, 2015, an 11-8 win at One Wood Farm. Horsemanship MOP accolades went to Madison Thiel in the victory.