No. 6 SMU Takes Down No. 5 Fresno State, 15-4
DALLAS — Five different hunt seat riders and seven different western riders earned victories, as the sixth-ranked SMU equestrian team won all four disciplines, en route to a 15-4 victory over No. 5 Fresno State Friday at the Dallas Equestrian Center. With the win, SMU improved to 4-2 overall, with a 2-0 mark in United Equestrian Conference action.
The day started with Equitation Over Fences, where SMU took an early 4-1 lead. Haley Zimmerman opened scoring with a 55-35 victory over Kylina Chalack, before Nora Gray claimed the discipline MOP with an 87-77 win over Natalie Wendt. Vivian Yowan knocked off Brooke Nelson, 80-60, before senior Sylvia de Toledo won her first event of the day and closed out the discipline with an 85-70 win over Paige Pastorino.
In reining, the Mustangs won 4-1. Senior Jaclyn White won 68.5-67.5 to open the round, before Olivia Pakula used a 69.5-67 decision to top Paige Barton. Keagan Snively beat Taylor Brown, 65.5-62, before Madison Steed posted an MOP-winning 69.5 to best Taylor Dixon, 69.5-69.
SMU won Equitation on the Flat, 4-0. de Toledo defeated Chalack, 71-64, before Gray claimed her second MOP of the day with a 78-63 decision over Sierra Swaffar. Alexandra Murphy won her second consecutive point and clinched the discipline win with a 74-55 victory over Wendt. Zimmerman knocked off Madelyn Keck, 79-70, to claim the final point.
The Mustangs topped the Bulldogs, 3-2, in horsemanship. Michaela Dinger bested Dixon, 72-71, before Ashley Mauney rolled to a 73-67 win over Maddison Robinson. Senior Hannah McCain rounded off the discipline by knocking off Taylor Brown, 71 -67.0
SMU will celebrate senior day tomorrow as it hosts No. 9 New Mexico State at 10 a.m. The Mustangs will honor their 10 seniors at 9:30 a.m. CT. A full recap and final results will be made available following the competition on SMUMustangs.com.
Cowgirls Handle South Dakota State, 12-4
BROOKINGS, S.D. — The No. 4-ranked Oklahoma State Equestrian team defeated South Dakota State, 12-4, Friday at the DeHaan Equestrian Center.
The Cowgirls won every event today, only allowing SDSU one point in each of the four events. OSU also took home all four MOPs on the day as Maggie Drysch won in Equitation on the Flat, Jorden Davis won in Equitation over Fences, Sarah Miller won in Horsemanship and Hannah Mitchell took home her second-straight MOP honor in Reining.
"I am very proud of the way we rode today," OSU head coach Larry Sanchez said. "They were aggressive and very smart with their decisions."
Davis made a statement to start the day that carried through the rest of the match. The senior scored an 85 on Equitation over Fences to win her point, and the Cowgirls would go on to win Fences, 3-1.
Davis also won her Equitation on the Flat matchup against SDSU's Taylor Duerr, 87-83. Both Drysch and Carly Barrick won their points in Equitation on the Flat to take the event, 3-1.
Mitchell has now won five-straight Reining matchups after she defeated SDSU's Nicole Harvey, 68.5-64.5. Julia Purus and Danielle Cohen also won their Reining points to give the Cowgirls a 6-2 lead after two events.
Miller, Kirsten Chamberland and Libby Collins propelled the Cowgirls to the win in Horsemanship. Miller had the highest score in the event with a 71.5 to defeat SDSU's Victoria Johnston's score of 70.5.
The Cowgirls return home to Totusek Arena to take on TCU on Feb. 17 at 10 a.m.
No. 2 Texas A&M rides past No. 8 South Carolina, 14-6
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The No. 2 Texas A&M equestrian team overpowered No. 8 South Carolina, 14-6, Friday in the spring home opener at the Hildebrand Equine Complex.
"I'm proud of our girls. Anytime we are playing an SEC team, we know it is going to be extremely tough, so we were glad to be on our home turf. We were excited about some of the rides we had and coming away with a big win like that," Texas A&M head coach Tana McKay said. "This was a great start. From here it is just hitting the videos and having more time in the arena to practice. Now it is just coming down to fine tuning some stuff and mental preparation for our meets against Georgia and Auburn."
The Aggies (7-2, 3-1 SEC) started out early with a 3-2 lead following Equitation over Fences as junior Rachael Hake scored the first point of the meet with a 84-83 victory over Lizzie van der Walde. Senior Haley Webster followed with a 79-75 win against Chloe Schmidt, before sophomore Rebekah Chenelle earned the final point, 87-84 from Madison Butehorn, to put the Aggies on top.
In the western arena, Texas A&M won Horsemanship, 4-1. Sophomore Sarah Orsak tallied a point for the Aggies after defeating Courtney Allen 70.5-66. Earning the next two points were senior Rachel Lucht who outscored Paige Stopperich, 71-69.5, and junior Avery Ellis who earned a 77 to down Megan Overberg's 71.5. Senior Kaci Fisher scored the final point, winning 77-71.5 over Maddie Thiel and earned MOP honors.
Heading into Equitation on Flat, the Aggies led 7-3 and extended their lead to 10-5. Senior Anna Rea tallied the first point for the Aggies after defeating Lizzie van der Walde 88-83. Chenelle edged out Sydney Smith 84-83 to give the Aggies a 2-1 lead, before junior Maddie Swem earned the final point for the Aggies after defeating Chloe Schmidt 83-77.
In the final event, Texas A&M continued to control the western arena after winning Reining, 4-1. Senior Sarah Kate Grider opened the event with a point after beating Paisley Roberts, 74-73. Sophomore Haley Franc earned the highest scoring ride of the day with a 76, downing Bailey Walters, 76-73, to earn MOP honors. Senior Sarah McEntire topped Maddie Thiel, 71.5-70.5, followed by junior Jaci Marley, who closed the meet with a 66.5-66 victory over Jordan Scott.
The Aggies return to action Saturday, Feb. 25 as they take on Georgia in Bishop, Ga. The meet will begin at 9 a.m. at the UGA Equestrian Center.