Sunday, November 5, 2017


No. 2 Texas A&M Downs No. 3 Auburn in Thrilling 9-9 (1520-1335.50) Win

COLLEGE STATION – The No. 2 Texas A&M Equestrian team dropped No. 3 Auburn, 9-9 (1520-1335.50), in a tiebreaker Friday at the Hildebrand Equine Complex.

“This was a big win for us. It came down to the wire like it has a number of times between us and Auburn, so I expected nothing less,” head coach Tana McKay said. “They were great competitors. We made a couple of mistakes, but overall as a whole, the team pulled each other up like they are supposed to. It worked out in our favor.”

The Aggies (6-1, 2-1 SEC) topped the Tigers (2-1, 0-1 SEC), 3-2, in the day’s first event, Equitation over Fences. Caroline Dance tallied the first point for Texas A&M after defeating Alex Ladove, 84-77. Dance was awarded her first career MOP for her efforts. Rachael Hake outscored Ashton Alexander, 82-81, before Alex Desiderio concluded the event with a 77-72 win over Caitlin Boyle.

In Horsemanship, the Aggies extended their lead to 7-3 at the halfway point after taking the event, 4-1.  The Maroon & White won four consecutive points with Alex Albright leading the way with her 71.5-70.5 victory over Lauren Diaz. Bailey Cook earned her second straight MOP honor after bettering Kara Kaufmann, 75-74.5. Sarah Orsak toppled Deanna Green, 72-71, before Avery Ellis finished the half by downing Taylor Searles, 74-67.

Auburn rallied back in the second half by winning Equitation on the Flat, 3-1, to keep the score within two. Chenelle recorded the lone point for the Aggies with a 74-65 victory over Caitlin Creel.

In the Western Arena, Haley Franc tallied Texas A&M’s solo victory in Reining, defeating Betsy Brown, 66.5-0. After the Tigers reeled off three straight points to tie the meet 9-9, Darby Gardner matched Alexa Rivard in the final ride of the day with a 70.5 to force a tiebreaker. The Aggies came out ahead, 1520-1335.5.

Texas A&M returns to action in two weeks at No. 6 Oklahoma State. The meet is slated to begin at 10 a.m. in the Totusek Arena.


No. 1 Georgia Rides Past No. 8 South Carolina, 14-6

BISHOP, Ga. --- No. 1 Georgia defeated No. 8 South Carolina, 14-6, on Friday afternoon at the UGA Equestrian Complex to improve to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference action. 

Four Georgia riders earned Most Outstanding Performance (MOP) honors for their rides.  Sophomore Grace Bridges earned the first MOP honor of her career after scoring a 90 in Equitation on the Flat.  Fellow sophomore, Maddy Darst, rode to an event-high score of 90 to earn the honor in Equitation Over Fences.  Graysen Stroud took home MOP honors for her ride in Horsemanship, while Annabeth Payne claimed the honors for Reining.

"It was a strong performance today," Georgia head coach Meghan Boenig said. "We saw the elimination of a lot of errors and very confident rides. As always, there are things we will continue to work on. South Carolina is a very good team and they really helped us to continue to step up. We are looking forward to the next step in our journey."

South Carolina edged Georgia, 3-2, in Equitation Over Fences.  Sophomore Sydney Hutchins put the Bulldogs on the board after scoring an 87 to top Lizzie van der Walde's 80. In the anchor position, sophomore Maddy Darst rode to a flawless score of 90 to defeat Madison Sellman's score of 81.5. 

Bailey Anderson topped Paige Stopperich, 76-72, to earn the first point of the event for the Bulldogs. Madison Anger and Sammie Johnson followed suit earning the next two points for Georgia with scores of 73.5 and 76, respectively.  The Gamecocks claimed a point before the Bulldogs closed out the event with an MOP-earning ride from junior Graysen Stroud who defeated Quinn Brandt, 77-74.5. 

After two events, the Bulldogs held a 6-4 advantage over the Gamecocks. 

Georgia swept South Carolina in Equitation on the Flat, adding five points with impressively high scores of 88 or above. Junior Madison Newman led off with an 89, before senior captain Addyson Cord scored an 88.  Sophomore Grace Bridges rode to a career-high score of 90 over South Carolina's Raleigh Bacharach's 85. Sydney Hutchins topped her opponent, 88-85. In the anchor position once again, Maddy Darst matched her score from earlier in the day riding to a poised 90-82 defeat of Madison Brayman. 

With the Gamecocks unable to catch the Bulldogs, Georgia rode to a 3-2 advantage in Reining.  Annabeth Payne began competition with an MOP worthy ride of 69 to take her point. Graysen Stroud and Kyndall Harper both earned points for the Bulldogs with scores of 69 and 68.5, respectively, to close out competition. 

Georgia will face its third and final SEC opponent for the fall portion of its schedule on Friday, November 10 as the Bulldogs travel to Auburn to face the third-ranked Tigers. 


Baylor Equestrian Strides Past No. 7 TCU for Road Win

Bears win on raw scores after drawing 10-10 on points 

SPRINGTOWN, Texas – No. 9 Baylor equestrian (2-3, 1-1 Big 12) earned a closely-fought road win over conference foe, No. 7 TCU (2-3, 0-1) on Friday afternoon at Turning Point Ranch.

Drawing 10-10 on points, the meet came down to raw scores, with the Bears taking a 1413-1367 edge to secure the first Big 12 win at Baylor for first year head coach Casie Maxwell. 

The meet began with fences, where Madison Day’s solid 82 scored BU’s first point in the event. The Bears battled on, but fell short, with Brittney Mirkov contributing a point, bringing the score to 3-2 advantage for TCU.

Following two exhibition rides in horsemanship, the Bears took the reins and rallied to a 3-2 event win. Elizabeth Forney’s 74.5 was the first to put BU on the scoreboard, followed by Kaylee Mellott and Abbi Demel both coming up with wins, bringing the competition totals to a 5-5 tie at the end of the first half of the meet.

In reining, Carly Salter, Georgia Smith, and Charlotte Green each put the Bears on the board with BU clinching the 3-2 win in the discipline and a 6-4 win in the western side of competition.

Closing the meet with flat, the Bears battled, but fell short, giving a 3-2 edge to the Frogs. Sam Matthews and Brittney Mirkov contributed points for BU, bringing the overall competition score totals to a draw at 10-10. 

When turning to raw scores, BU came out on top (1413-1367), snagging its first Big 12 win of the 2017-18 season. 


  • Madison Day’s 82 tied for the third-highest score in the discipline for a BU flat rider in 2017.


“I felt the team had great energy today. At away meets it can be difficult to adapt to different horses, but I was able to do that today. Overall, I am happy with how today went and glad that we could end the fall season on a confident note.” – Baylor senior Brittany Mirkov

“The team rode really strong and confident today. It’s been a long, challenging fall season, but they keep bouncing back and working on what they need to individually. Today, we were able to keep enough momentum in all four events to end with the win. It’s a great way to end the fall season and have some confidence going into the spring season.” – Baylor head coach Casie Maxwell


4 – the consecutive number of seasons the Bears have won the road matchup with the Horned Frogs in Springtown.


Baylor finishes off its full fall schedule on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Willis Family Equestrian Center in a Hunt Seat only exhibition meet against Texas.

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