Sunday, October 22, 2017



Sunday, October 22, 2017

No. 1 Georgia Tops No. 6 TCU, 12-6

SPRINGTOWN, Texas --- No. 1 Georgia equestrian rode to a 12-6 victory over the sixth-ranked Horned Frogs of TCU on Friday afternoon at the Turning Point Ranch. 

Senior Bailey Anderson earned her third-straight Most Outstanding Performance honor in Horsemanship.  Sophomores Sydney Hutchins (Equitation on the Flat) and Julia Spreng (Reining) also earned MOP honors for their rides. This marks the first honor of Spreng’s career. 

“The team competed really strong,” head coach Meghan Boenig said.  “It’s always nice to get the win, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have work to do tomorrow. Our main focus was to make sure we rode and competed on the horses that we were seeing in front of us. The girls executed today’s plan brilliantly.”

The Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 SEC) and Horned Frogs (2-2) each earned two points in Equitation Over Fences to start the meet.  Junior captain Emma Mandarino rode to an 82-80 defeat of TCU’s Carley Barnett.  Sophomore Ali Tritschler rode to a tie against her opponent with a score of 82.  Sophomore Maddy Darst earned the final point of the event with an 83-72 victory. 

Georgia took a 3-2 advantage in Horsemanship.  The Bulldogs gave up the first point before claiming the next three.  Bailey Anderson and Graysen Stroud remain undefeated in the event with scores of 74 and 72, respectively.  Madison Anger earned another point after edging TCU’s Jamie Cook, 73.5-73. 

The Bulldogs held a slight edge over the Horned Frogs after two events, 5-4. 

Georgia extended its lead in Reining, adding three more points. Stroud also remains undefeated in Reining for the season after defeating TCU’s Claire Dittrich, 73.5-72.  Freshman Jordan Carpenter pushed the next point with a tie score of 71. Sophomore Annabeth Payne topped Carly Lombard, 70-0, before Julia Spreng slid to a 72.5-72 defeat of Mackenzie Preston to earn MOP honors.   

Georgia rode away with the win in Equitation on the Flat.  Grace Bridges started the event with an 80-72 win over TCU’s Emelie Burgess.  Sydney Hutchins rode to earn MOP honors after scoring an 83 to better Carley Barnett’s 74.  Senior Addyson Cord and junior Maddie Newman earned the final two points of the day with scores of 80 and 76, respectively. 

The Bulldogs are back at home on Friday, November 3 for an SEC showdown against South Carolina. That meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and admission is free.


No. 3 Auburn Downs No. 7 Baylor, 15-4

AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 3 Auburn equestrian team put together a solid showing overall Saturday afternoon, defeating No. 7 Baylor, 15-4, at the Auburn University Equestrian Center.

“The team has been operating with the type of team mentality that we love in all aspects this year,” head coach Greg Williams said. “That cohesive effort was apparent today and it was a very solid showing against a very good Baylor team. Our future is going to be bright here at Auburn.”

The Horsemanship corps kicked things off with a commanding 4-1 win over the Bears in the first half. Freshman Deanna Green continued her unbeaten streak as she topped Abbi Demel, 78-71, to earn her third MOP honor of the year. The Pilot Point, Texas, product’s score was the highest by a Tiger this season.

Joining Green in the win column was a trio of teammates in junior Lauren Diaz, sophomore Kara Kaufmann, and redshirt junior Kelsey Jung. Diaz bested Katie Davis, 73.5-71, while Kaufmann’s 70.5 points bettered Clara Johnson’s 60. Jung capped the event with 75.5 points in her win over Charlotte Green.

Equitation Over Fences finished with a 3-2 record for Auburn. Freshman Gia Rinaldi and junior Ashton Alexander scored 87 points apiece in each of their wins for the Tigers. Rinaldi picked up her first career MOP nod for her ride on Farro. Junior Caitlin Boyle closed out the half with an 85-74 victory over Gia Gulino.

Auburn went into break with a 7-3 lead over the Bears.

The Tigers went undefeated in Equitation on the Flat, picking up four wins and one tie. Rinaldi kept up her winning ways, topping Madison Day, 82-76. Junior Hayley Iannotti continued to excel in the event for Auburn and scored 84 points in her win. Alexander followed with another 84 to take home her second win of the day, while senior Caitlin Creel tied Michelle Mallett, 82-82. Boyle earned MOP honors as she edged Brittney Mirkov, 85-83.

Reining closed things out with a strong showing, picking up a 4-1 win over the Bears. Freshman Terri-June Granger earned her second win of the year, besting Sydney Scheckel, 71.5-66.5. The Dothan, Ala., native was awarded with her second MOP on the season.

Senior Alexa Rivard added another win for the Tigers, defeating Abbi Demel, 66.5-65. Freshman Savannah Ostner earned 67 points in her win, while junior Blair McFarlin’s 68.5 on Tina was enough to top Baylor’s Charlotte Green.

Auburn takes to the road for its first Southeastern Conference meet of the season, traveling to No. 2 Texas A&M. The Tigers and the Aggies will go head-to-head Friday, Nov. 3, in College Station. Fans traveling to Texas for the Auburn football game the next day are welcome to cheer on the Tigers at the 10 a.m. CT contest at the Hildebrand Equine Complex.


No. 5 SMU Remains Undefeated After 11-9 Win Against No. 4 Oklahoma State

DALLAS (SMU) – The No. 5 SMU equestrian team knocked off No. 4 Oklahoma State, 11-9, Saturday at the Dallas Equestrian Center. With the win, the Mustangs close out their fall home schedule undefeated at 3-0.

"I felt like our win today really showed a huge team effort across the board," SMU head coach Carol Gwin said. "All the scores were tight all day long and I felt like every single kid we had in, rode to the best of their abilities in the situation they were presented with. I am super excited to have defended our home turf, be 3-0 and I'm ready to get on the road and do some other great stuff."

In the meet's first event, Equitation over Fences, SMU quickly took a 4-1 lead. Ransome Rombauer captured the first Mustang point with an 83-81 victory over Hannah Janson. Vivian Yowan followed with an 86-81.5 win over Kaitlyn Arnold. Alexandra Murphy scored a 76, besting Maggie Drysch's 75, before Nora Gray defeated Carly Barrick, 84-81, to round off the discipline.

The Mustangs took a 7-3 advantage into the half after winning Reining, 3-2. Olivia Pakula led off the event with a 71 to defeat Danielle Cohen's 70.5. Holly Lansidel defeated Hannah Mitchell, 69-68.5, before Keagan Snively downed Ebba Lange, 68-62.5.

SMU secured the win following a 3-2 win in Equitation on the Flat. Haley Zimmerman opened with a 71-63 triumph against Kendall Pedigo, before Yowan defeated Hannah Janson, 75-72. Gray rounded off the discipline with a 72-68 win against Maggie Drysch.

Ashley Mauney used a 73-70.5 rout of Sarah Miller to claim the lone horsemanship point.

Up next, SMU hits the road for the first time this year, heading to Martin, Tenn., for the UT Martin Tournament. The tournament will feature three conference shows. The Mustangs take on Delaware State and UT Martin on Nov. 9, before rounding off the fall schedule against Fresno State the following day.


Dogs outlast Jackrabbits, 12-7

BROOKINGS, S.D. - The No. 8 Fresno State equestrian team defeated No.10 South Dakota State, 12-7, in its first road meet of the season.

"Today was full of ups and downs," said head coach Eric Hubbard. "We started out great in fences, they really came out strong and set the pace for us. We hit a few bumps in the horsemanship event, but the reiners bounced back and brought the energy back to our side. The flat riders really sealed the deal for us today. Our three MOPs were well deserved."

Senior hunt seat rider Paige Pastorino (equitation over fences) and junior western riders Kara Gustafson (reining) and Taeya Harle (horsemanship) each earned an MOP in their events today.

The Bulldogs saw an early lead in the equitation over fences event, owning a 4-1 advantage over the Jackrabbits. Natalie Wendt, Dani Schneider, Alexandra Dirickson and Pastorino took charge for the 'Dogs in the arena.

South Dakota State gained momentum in the horsemanship event, outscoring Fresno State 3-1. Harle recorded the solo point for the 'Dogs, outscoring SDSU's Whitney Vesey 73.5-71.5 for her third horsemanship victory this season.

Fresno State held on to a 5-4 lead at the afternoon intermission.

In the reining arena, the Bulldogs bounced back and outscored the Jacks 3-2. Taylor Dixon, Paige Barton and Gustafson tallied the three Bulldog points. With a 70-69.5 victory over SDSU's Miranda Sullivan, Barton remains undefeated in the reining event through the four meets this season. 

Fresno State had an 8-6 advantage going into the final event of the day. 

The Bulldogs sealed the win with a 4-1 victory in the equitation on the flat arena. Brooke Nelson, Schneider, Wendt and Dirickson charted the four points for Fresno State.

The 'Dogs return to action on Thurs., Nov. 9 as they face No.9 UT-Martin in Martin, Tenn. at the Skyhawk Invitational. Fresno State will face No.5 SMU on Fri., Nov. 10 for the second day of the Skyhawk Invitational. The first ride is set to start at 8:00 a.m. PT for both days.




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