Monday, October 16, 2017


No. 2 Georgia Knocks Off No. 1 Texas A&M in 12-4 Victory  

BISHOP, Ga. -- Allowing only one point in each event, the No.2-ranked Bulldogs rode to a 12-4 victory over No. 1-ranked Texas A&M at the University of Georgia Equestrian Complex on Friday afternoon. 
Bailey Anderson took home Most Outstanding Performance honors for her ride, making that her second straight of the season. Emma Mandarino also earned the honor for her ride Equitation Over Fences. 
“They just came out with such good energy, and that’s what we’ve been talking about, is setting the pace, maintaining the pace, learning to ride in that atmosphere,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. "Certainly looking at that scoreboard, you have to be very happy about that domination. Holding A&M to one point in every single event, and showing that depth everywhere is incredible. That doesn’t negate that we have work to do tomorrow and need to continue to build, but great day.”
Georgia took an early lead in Equitation Over Fences, 2-1. Senior captain Addyson Cord fell to the Aggies’ Murphy 77-80, respectively. Sophomore Sydney Hutchins claimed the first point of the day for Georgia with a 78 over Texas A&M Alex Desiderio’s score of 67. Sophomores Maddy Darst and Ali Tritschler both tied their opponents to push two points while senior captain Emma Mandarino headlined the event with an 82 on Roman, besting her opponent to give Georgia the lead.
Payton Anderson, Bailey Anderson and Graysen Stroud took three points for Georgia in Horsemanship to extend the lead to 5-2. Georgia gave up one point to the Aggies’ Bailey Cook. Madison Anger tied Texas A&M’s Avery Ellis to push the point and conclude the event. 
Georgia snagged four points in Equitation on the Flat bringing the lead to 9-3 at the conclusion of Hunt Seat competition. In her first collegiate ride, freshman Isabelle Heckler fell short of the Aggies’ Peddicord, 67-58. Sydney Hutchins, Maddy Darst, and Addyson Cord secured the next three points for Georgia. In a ride dedicated to her mother’s fight against breast cancer, Grace Bridges scored a 65 to win out the discipline and seal the victory for the Bulldogs.
With the six-point advantage going into Reining, Georgia took three points in the event, allowing only one point to the Aggies’ Most Outstanding Performance rider, Madison Bohman. Sophomores Annabeth Payne and Julia Spreng notched two points for Georgia along with Junior Graysen Stroud. Freshman Jordan Carpenter tied Texas A&M’s Haley Franc to push the remaining point. 
The meet served as a “Pink Meet” with athletes dedicating their rides to anyone affected by cancer. 
Georgia returns to competition on Friday, October 20 when they travel to No.6-ranked TCU. 

No. 5 SMU Holds Off No. 7 Baylor in Tiebreak Win

DALLAS (SMU) – The fifth-ranked SMU equestrian team defeated No. 7 Baylor in a 10-10 (1510-1464) tiebreak decision Saturday afternoon at the Dallas Equestrian Center. The victory marks the first win against Baylor in program history.

"Our girls showed a lot of grit today to hang on and get the first program win against Baylor," SMU head coach Carol Gwin said. "I was incredible impressed with how we rode in all four events. Some of the points didn't go our way, but a lot of new faces stepped up and earned crucial points."

The meet came down to the equitation on the flat event, where SMU managed a 3-2 discipline win to claim the victory.

Trailing 10-7 with three points remaining, Mary Elizabeth Cordia used an 82 to rout Sam Howell, 82-68. Haley Zimmerman would cut the Mustang deficit to one with an 86-79 win against Michelle Mallett, before Vivian Yowan rolled over Rachel Van Allen, 85-70, to force the tie-breaker. Yowan's victory stood out to the judges and was enough to earn the Equitation on the Flat Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honor.

The day started with Equitation Over Fences, where SMU would take an early 3-2 lead. Yowan won her first point of the day with an 83-82 edge of Gabby Conte, before Hayley Banas picked up a 78-76 win against Abby Jorgensen. Brett Burlington produced the third and final SMU over fences win, 82-81, to knock off Gia Gulino.

SMU took a 7-3 lead into halftime after winning Reining, 4-1. Junior Madison Steed defeated Abbi Demel, 71-63.5, before sophomore Holly Lansidel earned a 71-69.5 win over Carly Salter. Senior Keagan Snivelytopped Charlotte Green, 66-58.5, and sophomore Olivia Pakula defeated Sydney Scheckel, 70-58.

With the win, SMU improved to 2-0 overall, while the Bears fell to 1-2.

SMU returns to action Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Dallas Equestrian Center against Oklahoma State at 10 a.m. CT. All meets are free admission and fans are encouraged to attend.


The South Dakota State equestrian teamed defeated No. 8 South Carolina, 15-4 on Friday at the DeHaan Equestrian Center.
SDSU improved to 1-2, while USC dropped to 0-2 on the season.
"Today was a solid day," head coach Ellie Wilkins said. "We had a lot of good rides, but there were a few mistakes that we can improve upon. South Carolina was a tough opponent, they displayed great sportsmanship and were very helpful throughout the whole meet.  We are looking forward to getting back to work to get ready for our meet next Saturday."
In Equitation over Fences, sophomore Claire Garduno captured the first point for the Jacks with a 76-72 victory over Lizzie van der Walde. Senior Taylor Duerr defeated Madison Sellman, 69-65 and Jacey Chorlton topped Chloe Schmidt, 83-80.
The Jacks won Equitation on the Flat 3-2. Chorlton topped Lauren Fabiano, 86-85, while Duerr upended Chloe Schmidt, 83-79. Matilyn Skinner rounded out the victory with an 82-78 win over Lizzie van der Walde.
On the Western side, SDSU defeated USC 4-0 in Horsemanship. Whitney Vesey upended Quinn Brandt, 70.5-69.5, while Mariah Wright won her first point in the discipline with a 74-72.5 win over Megan Overberg. Senior Nichole Zazula claimed her first win with a 74 en route to claiming MOP honors and Jordan Gates won with a 73. Rylee Streit tied her point with a 72.
In Reining, the Jacks swept the Gamecocks, 5-0. Miranda Sullivan captured the first point with a 72-71 victory over Paisley Roberts en route to garnering MOP accolades. Madison Sullivan defeated Jordan Scott, 69.5-68.5, while Mariah Wright upended Carolina Gute, 67.5-65. Senior Catelyn Hall claimed her second point of the season with a 71.5-69 victory over Bailey Walters. Jordan Gatesrounded out the sweep with a 66 on Aggie.


No. 1 Aggies Swarm Delaware State, 18-6 

FELTON, Del. – The No. 1 Texas A&M equestrian team defeated Delaware State, 18-6, Saturday at the Dovington Training Center.

“Obviously we had a rough day yesterday, so to see us bounce back was really encouraging,” head coach Tana McKay said. “In this sport you don’t usually get the chance to come back the next day and correct your mistakes. I think we cleaned up a lot of stuff. We had another tough test with a different set of horses that we didn’t know a lot about. Delaware State was a great host and we appreciate them letting us come out here and compete.”

 In the meet’s first event, Equitation over Fences, the Aggies quickly took a 4-2 lead. Kai DeVoglaer captured the first Aggie point with a 82-81 victory over Molly Gara. Rebekah Chenelle followed with an 88-78 win over Sydney Wicklund and was named Most Outstanding Player. Alex Desiderio scored an 80, bettering Eva Esptein’s 77, before Rachael Hake defeated Rachel Dantley, 80-77.

The Aggies (4-1, 1-1 SEC) took a 9-3 advantage into the half after winning Reining, 5-1. Darby Gardner led off the event with a 72 to defeat Elizabeth Koons’ 70. Haley Franc then defeated Monica Ellis, 69-67.5, prior to Madison Bohman topping Shelbe Jarrett, 67.5-0, to earn MOP honors. Kalee McCann toppled Angelia Watts, 72.5-67.5, as Ashton Dunkel closed the event with a 72.5-67.5 victory over Blayne Bell.

Texas A&M secured the win following a 5-1 win in Horsemanship. Bailey Cook began with a 76-73.5 triumph against Samantha Elliott and Sarah Orsak defeated Shelbe Jarrett, 76-71.5. Ashley Davidson followed with a 77-73 win against Cheyenne Adams, before Alex Albright claimed her first career victory, 75.5-73, against Elizabeth Lynch. Kyra Bouma topped Kelsey McArthur, 72-71.

In Equitation on the Flat, Maddie Swem defeated Molly Gara, 79-66, before Ellie Williams topped Sydney Wicklund, 79-65. Desiderio secured her second point of the day with a 79-70 win against Hayley Anderson. Brianna Peddicord closed the meet with 89-62 victory against Eva Epstein to earn MOP honors. 

The Aggies return to action October 26 with a 12 p.m. meet against TCU at the Hildebrand Equine Complex.

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