Monday, November 13, 2017


No. 1 Georgia Tops No. 3 Auburn, 12-8

AUBURN, Ala. --- No. 1 Georgia defeated No. 3 Auburn, 12-8, on Friday afternoon at the Auburn University Equestrian Center. The Bulldogs improve to 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in Southeastern Conference action. 

Seniors Addyson Cord (Equitation on the Flat) and Bailey Anderson (Horsemanship) earned Most Outstanding Performance honors for the Bulldogs.  This is the fourth MOP honor for Anderson this season. 

"It was an exciting day," head coach Meghan Boenig said.  "Auburn riders were great competitors, as always, really keeping us on our toes. Our riders came out very well prepared with a great plan and executed. We had a lot of dominance, particularly in the Western events, which was great to see."

Georgia led off with a 4-1 victory in Horsemanship.  The Tigers claimed the first point of the event before the Bulldogs won the next four.  Georgia's Graysen Stroud edged Kelsey Jung, 72.5-71.5.  Bailey Anderson rode to an event-high 75 to better the score of 65 from Lauren Diaz and earn MOP honors.  Madison Anger and Sammie Johnson claimed the next two points for the Bulldogs with scores of 72 and 71.5, respectively. 

Auburn edged Georgia, 3-2, in Equitation on the Flat.  The Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the event, before Addyson Cord and Madison Newman both received scores of 89 to claim the final two points for the Bulldogs. 

Georgia's Equitation Over Fences squad jumped to a 3-2 advantage over Auburn.  UGA's Emma Mandarino scored an 85 to better Taylor St. Jacques' 83.  Ali Tritschler defeated Gia Rinaldi, 85-55, before Maddy Darst scored an 85 over Hayley Iannotti's 20. 

Competition concluded in Reining with the Bulldogs claiming three more points.  Senior Kyndall Harper's score of 69.5 edged Alexa Rivard's 68 for the first point of the event.  Sophomores Annabeth Payne and Julia Spreng each won points for the Bulldogs with scores of 65 and 66, respectively.  

Georgia will conclude the fall portion of its schedule on Friday Nov. 17 as the team travels to face Delaware State. 


Cowgirls Remain Undefeated in Big 12 Play

STILLWATER, OK – The No. 6 Oklahoma State equestrian team defeated No. 8 TCU, 13-6, Friday afternoon at Totusek Arena.

The Cowgirls (2-2, 2-0) got out to a strong start against TCU (2-5, 0-2) in Equitation Over Fences. They took the event, 4-1, with Abigail Brayman, Carly Barrick, Maggie Drysch and Hannah Janson scoring points for the Cowgirls. Brayman got her second MOP of the season with her 84-78 victory over Raegan Rast.

The next event was Horsemanship, and the Cowgirls continued their dominance in that discipline, taking the event, 3-1. Libby Collins, Harley Huff and Paige Kemper scored points for the Cowgirls, and they all remained undefeated on the season. Huff got her third MOP of the season with her 76-74.5 win against Josie Mootz.  

Equitation on the Flat was a little bit closer, but the Cowgirls took it, 3-2. Abigail Brayman, Maggie Drysch and Kendall Pedigo scored points for the Cowgirls. It was Drysch's second win of the day.

The day ended with Reining and the Cowgirls took the event, 3-2, to sweep TCU in all four events. Stephanie Helsen, Ebba Lange and Hannah Mitchell delivered for the Cowgirls and earned points for them. Lange was named the MOP with her 71-0 win over Tessa Lindberg.

"I was very proud across the board, as there were some great rides in each event today," head coach Larry Sanchez said. "We will continue to practice hard this week to prepare for A&M next Sunday." 

The Cowgirls have had TCU's number in recent meets, for this was their eighth straight victory against them.

The Cowgirls sit atop the Big 12 standings with their undefeated record in conference play. In both home meets so far this year, the Cowgirls have won easily. They have won six in a row at Totusek Arena, dating back to last year.

Next up for the Cowgirls is when No. 2 Texas A&M comes to Stillwater on Sunday Nov. 19 at 11:00 a.m.


No. 4 SMU Downs Delaware State, 8-7; Advances To Masterson’s Farm Invitational Championship

MARTIN, Tenn. (SMU) – The No. 4 SMU equestrian team dropped Delaware State, 8-7, Thursday to improve to 4-0, the best start in program history. With the win, SMU advanced to the Masterson's Farm Invitational Championship and will take on No. 10 UT Martin.

"This team just keeps finding a way to win even when things are not always going our way," SMU head coach Carol Gwin said. "We had some standouts today and also some mistakes. I hope we can ride even better tomorrow."

Trailing 6-5 with the final event of the day, reining, the Mustangs (4-0, 1-0 UEC) topped the Hornets (0-4, 0-2 UEC), 3-1, to secure the win and preserve the perfect start. Senior Keagan Snively tallied the first point for SMU after defeating Cheyenne Adams, 67.5-65.5. Holly Lansidel outscored Blayne Bell, 66.5-0, before Olivia Pakula secured the SMU victory with a 71-70.5 win over Monica Ellis.

The day opened with Equitation Over Fences, where SMU and Delaware State rode to a 2-2 tie. Brett Burlington earned SMU's first point of the day an 82-79 win against Rachel Dantley. Burlington was awarded her first career MOP for her efforts. Junior Nora Gray won the second point with an 82-60 rout of Sydney Wicklund.

SMU claimed Equitation of the Flat, 2-1. Haley Zimmerman opened the discipline with a 78-71 victory over Emily Nelson, before Gray toppled Haley Anderson, 77-64, for her second win of the day.

In the Western Arena, Haylee Schoonover recorded the lone SMU horsemanship point with a 73.5-62 undoing of Samantha Elliott. The ride stood out to the judges, earning Schoonover her first collegiate MOP.

The Mustangs suprass their previous best start of 3-0. SMU opened the season 3-0 in 2012-13, before matching that mark in 2013-14.

With the win, No. 4 SMU will take on No. 10 UT Martin in the Masterson's Farm Invitational Championship Show. The Skyhawks bested Fresno State, 7-5, to advance. The meet is slated to begin at 10 a.m. in the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion.



MARTIN, Tenn. – The Masterson Farms Invitational Hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin got off to a rousing start today, as the No. 10 ranked Skyhawks accounted for an 11-5 victory over No. 5 Fresno State at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion.

UT Martin advances to tomorrow’s championship competition against No. 4 SMU, who edged out Delaware State by a slim 8-7 margin today.

The Skyhawks were jumpstarted by a strong Western effort today, as UT Martin claimed seven of the eight team points in horsemanship and reining. The Skyhawks generated a 4-0 sweep in reining and won 3-1 in horsemanship after splitting both Hunt Seat events (2-2 in equitation over fences and in equitation on the flat).

Randi LaChance helped UT Martin start off on the right foot, securing MOP honors with an 86-point effort in equitation over fences. Her total was the best score awarded to any of the 16 competitors today. Reigning National Collegiate Equestrian Association Rider of the Month Abbie Hopkins also continued her fantastic freshman campaign, accounting for a team point with a score of 77 in equitation over fences.

One day after she was named United Equestrian Conference Reining Rider of the Month, Tess Baumann led the way once again with a 73.5-point performance. Her score was tied for the best in the field of 16 competitors. Bobbie Piddock (72 points) and Lucy Eier (70.5 points) also earned team points for the Skyhawks in reining.

In equitation on the flat, Monika Zoromski came through with an 84-point effort that notched a team point for UT Martin. LaChance also capped off a remarkable day with another team point after scoring an 82.

The Skyhawks saved their most dominant performance for last, completing a perfect mark in reining. Freshman Noel Meadows came away with the first MOP of her young career after compiling 68.5 points. Madeline Williams (68 points), Hannah McDonald (67) and Liana Nowak (66) also chipped in great performances as UT Martin rolled to its second consecutive victory over a ranked opponent this season.

Day Two of the Masterson Farms Invitational is set for 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10 at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion. The Skyhawks will square off against No. 4 SMU for the tournament championship while No. 5 Fresno State takes on Delaware State in the consolation round.


No. 5 Bulldogs ride past Delaware State, 11-5

MARTIN, Tenn. - The No. 5 Fresno State equestrian team defeated Delaware State 11-5 in the final day of the Masterson Farms Invitational in Martin, Tenn. to round out its fall season.

Junior Hunt Seat rider Brooke Nelson earned an MOP in her Equitation on the Flat ride for her first Most Outstanding Player honors of the season. 

Fresno State took charge in the Equitation over Fences event, securing a 3-1 lead in the arena. The Bulldog points came from Kylina Chalack, Alexandra Dirickson and Sierra Swaffar.

The Bulldogs led the charge in the Horsemanship event with a 3-1 victory over the Hornets. Alexis Miller, Taeya Harle and Rachel Williams each put points on the board for Fresno State. Harle secured her fifth Horsemanship victory of the season with a 73-71.5 ride over Delaware's Blayne Bell.

At halftime, Fresno State topped Delaware State 6-2.

The 'Dogs and Hornets were evenly matched in the Reining arena, finishing with a 2-2 tie at the completion of the event. Sophomore riders Paige Barton and Shea Gilson earned the points in their rides. Barton scored a 68 to Angelina Watt's 67 and the sophomore is now 5-1 in the Reining arena this season.

Fresno State scored three of its points in the Equitation on the Flat arena to defeat Delaware State 3-1 in the final event of the competition. Brooke Nelson, Chalack and Swaffar each came out on top in their rides. Nelson secured her first MOP honors of the season with an 86 to top Erin Gordon's 85.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Fri., Feb. 2 when they head to Springtown, Tex. to take on TCU.


No. 4 SMU Crowned Masterson’s Farm Invitational Champion; Downs No. 10 UT Martin, 8-7

MARTIN, Tenn. (SMU) – The No. 4 SMU equestrian team captured the 2017 Masterson's Farm Invitational championship, defeating No. 10 UT Martin, 8-7, Friday at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion. With the win, the Mustangs concluded the fall season with a program-best 5-0 overall record.

"First, a huge thank you to UT Martin for hosting a great tournament," SMU head coach Carol Gwin said. "I am so proud of both sides of this team this weekend. Coach Megan Southam and Coach McKenzie Lantz have worked extremely hard to have our girls continue to improve each week. We are trying to walk away each week a little bit better and I feel like that is happening. It feels great to come out of our fall season undefeated."

The day opened with Equitation over Fences, where Nora Gray and Yowan each rode to wins. Gray topped Lindsay Anderson, 83-74, before Yowan defeated LaChance, 68-65.

In Equitation on the Flat, the Mustangs posted a 2-1 discipline win. Vivian Yowan won her second ride by way of a 92-85 victory over Randi LaChance. Haley Zimmerman tallied the second point, an 80-73 decision over Monika Zoromski.

In the Western arena, SMU posted a 3-1 win in Horsemanship. Ashley Mauney opened the discipline with a 72.5-72 win, before Kara Vickery used an MOP-winning 73.5 to best Lucy Eier's 72. Michaela Dinger secured the discipline win with a 71-66.5 triumph of Jade Bleskey. In Reining, Holly Lansidel finished the weekend undefeated with a 69-68.5 win against Lianna Nowak.

SMU kicks off the spring season on February 16 at the Fresno Invitational. SMU will compete against Oklahoma State in the opening round.



The South Dakota State equestrian team defeated Minnesota-Crookston 18-2 on Friday at the DeHaan Equestrian Center.

SDSU improves to 2-3 on the season.

"We had strong rides in every discipline but there's always things to improve on," head coach Ellie Wilkins said. "We came away with four MOPs, which was a good way to end the fall season. We will miss the three seniors we recognized who are graduating in December. I'm really proud of how this team performed this semester and we're looking forward to our double header in February." 

On the Hunt Seat side, the Jacks won 4-1 in Equitation over Fences. Sophomore Claire Garduno dropped a 79-65 decision over Mazie Pini en route to garnering MOP honors. Matilyn Skinner defeated Megan Motter, 68-52 and Jessica Martinez topped Rachel Johnson 78-72. Senior Jacey Chorlton claimed the final point for State with a 74-58 victory over Monika Frame. 

In Equitation on the Flat, SDSU swept 5-0. Chorlton upended Monika Frame 78-64 en route to earning MOP accolades. Melissa Kerr won her final point of her career with a 66-60 decision over Selena Young. Martinez defeated Mazie Pini 77-59, while Taylor Duerr dropped Rachel Johnson, 75-67. Skinner captured a 71-62 win over Megan Motter.

Senior Mariah Wright topped EmmaRae Nelson 72.5-0 en route to MOP honors as SDSU swept Reining, 5-0. Catelyn Hall defeated Katelynn Robertson, 68-67 and Jordan Gates won with a 72. Madison Sullivan upended Whitney Fenna 67.5-62.5 and Miranda Sullivan dropped a 68-67 decision over Madeline Drayna.

In Horsemanship, Rylee Streit captured her first MOP honors with a 72.5-71 victory over Katelynn Robertson. Whitney Vesey topped Katie Warner 71.5-70 and Mariah Wright defeated Whitney Fenna 72-66.5. Jordan Gates claimed the final point of the meet with a 70. 

Meet Notes

Claire Garduno earned MOP honors in Equitation over Fences

Jacey Chorlton garnered MOP accolades in Equitation on the Flat

Rylee Streit earned her first MOP honors in Horsemanship

Mariah Wright claimed MOP accolades in Reining

Reining swept 5-0 for the second time this season

Up Next

SDSU hosts Delaware State and North Dakota State Feb. 9-10.


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