Sunday, March 4, 2018





Felton, Del. - The Delaware State equestrian team has posted another signature win, topping No. 7 Baylor 8-6 at the Dovington Training Center today.

The Hornets won the Western competition 4-2, while the teams rode to a 4-4 tie in the Hunt Seat rides.

The victory is Delaware State’s first against a nationally ranked opponent since wins over No. 7 SMU,  No. 8 New Mexico and No. 9 South Carolina during the 2015-16 season.

DSU’s Emily Nelson (sr.; Glenville, Pa.) was Most Outstanding Performer on the Flat vs. Baylor today. Nelson, riding on “Mick, ” led all competitors with a near perfect score of 96.

Also on the Flat, Hayley Anderson (sr.; New Boston, N.H.) earned a point with a score of 92 aboard “Lophius,” while Molly Gara (so.; Chicago, Ill.) rode “Finnegan” to a win with 90 points.

Anderson also recorded DSU’s lone victory in Fences with 81 points.

Delaware State won three of four battles in Reining vs. Baylor.

Monica Ellis (sr.; Collegville, Pa.), riding on “Lyle,” led the Hornets with a score of 68 in the Reining competition.

Cheyenne Adams (sr.; Wapato, Wash.) and Shelbe Jarrett (so.; New Alexandria, Pa.) also posted victories in Reining for the Hornets.

DSU’s Blayne Bell (so.; Shelton, Wash.) recorded a win in Horsemanship with a score of 69 aboard “Orkie.”

On Friday, Delaware State was edge out by No. 10 South Carolina 6-4.

The highlight of the competition for the Hornets was Hayley Anderson’s ride on the Flat, posting a score of 90 on “Mick” to earn Most Outstanding Performer in the event.   



FELTON, Del. - The 10th-ranked University of South Carolina equestrian team split a pair of meets on Friday morning, defeating Delaware State, 6-4, and losing to No. 7 Baylor, 7-5, at the Dovington Training Center.

Carolina is now 3-8 on the season with one regular-season meet remaining. Baylor holds a 5-4 record, and DSU is now 0-8.

Both meets were contested in freezing-cold temperatures with fierce winds blowing throughout the day. Because of the conditions, equitation over fences was canceled for the day. 


The day started with Carolina earning two points in reining. Paisley Roberts won her point over Monica Ellis, 66-0 on Lyle, and Bailey Walters edged out Shelbe Jarrett, 69.5-69 on Wizzy.

Equitation on the flat ran simultaneously with reining, and the Gamecocks lost three of the four points. The Carolina victory came from Lizzie van der Walde, 80-71 over Molly Gara on Finnegan. At the break, the Hornets held a 4-3 lead.

The Gamecocks stormed back by going unbeaten in horsemanship. Quinn Brandt earned a 68-68 draw on Orkie in the first matchup, then Carolina won three straight. Paige Stopperich rode Mick to a 70-68 win over Cheyenne Adams, and Madison Thiel took down Jarrett, 69.5-61.5, on Calvin. The last victory went to Megan Overberg, 69-62.5 on Frasier over Kelsey McArthur. The Gamecocks led, 6-4, and with equitation over fences canceled soon after, that stood as the final score.

Carolina won two of the three MOP awards against the Hornets. Stopperich was honored for her horsemanship ride, while Walters was named reining MOP.


Baylor won three of the four reining points to take an early lead. The lone victory came from Caroline Gute, who defeated Abbi Demel, 70-68, on Wizzy.

The Gamecocks evened things up by winning three of the four equitation on the flat points. Chloe Schmidt won the first point, 86-77, taking down Madison Day on Indy, and Madison Brayman dropped Rachael Davis, 80-79, on Finnegan. Louisa Brackett earned a 77-70 victory on Elliott over Rachel Van Allen, and at the break, the score was tied, 4-4. 

Both teams were aware that equitation over fences had been canceled when they began horsemanship, meaning the match would be decided in the western arena. The Bears won three of the four points, clinching the victory. Carolina's lone tally came from Stopperich, who knocked off Charlotte Green, 70-69.5, on Mick.

Schmidt was honored as equitation on the flat MOP, while Gute was the top rider in reining.


  • The Gamecocks are now 11-2 all-time against Delaware State. 
  • Schmidt's MOP honor is her second in as many weeks and the seventh of her Carolina career.


"You always have to be prepared to compete in all types of adverse conditions, and today was no exception. We experienced a little bit of everything weather-wise in the last 24 hours - warm, cold, drizzle, rain, fog, mist, sleet, snow and a heck of a lot of wind. We tried everything we could to get both meets in, but Mother Nature prevailed when the jumps started blowing over! This is the first time in 21 years I've had a portion of a meet canceled, but the safety of the student-athletes and horses comes first. I am proud of our team for continuing to show their grit and determination and happy to get a win against DSU. It came down to the last ride in horsemanship against Baylor to determine the win, and we haven't been in that position in a while. We came out on the short end but are still making progress. Hats off to Delaware State for running a great meet in very adverse conditions!"- Head Coach Boo Major 


Carolina closes the regular season on Friday, March 9 when it hosts Fresno State. It's Senior Day at One Wood Farm, with the meet scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET.



FULTON, Del. – No. 7 Baylor equestrian (5-4) closed out a 7-5 win over No. 10 South Carolina (2-8), with the fences portion canceled due to snowy conditions in Delaware on Friday afternoon at the Dovington Training Center.

Reining and flat got the meet started, with BU taking reining, 3-1, but falling on the flat, 1-3, to keep the meet in a 4-4 draw at the break.

In reining, Carly Salter, Georgia, Smith, and Charlotte Green all collected their points, while Grace Thiel was the lone flat rider to notch a win for BU. 

Down to horsemanship and fences, the Lady Bears went 3-1 in horsemanship with the fences portion canceled due to winter weather conditions that cut the meet short.

Abbi Demel, Elizabeth Forney, and Kaylee Mellott all picked up points, with Demel’s 71 standing as the high Western score of the meet and earning MOP honors. 


“I am so proud of all of the team’s positive attitudes and great sportsmanship today in such difficult weather conditions. All of the athletes and coaches worked together to make everything flow as smooth as possible in this situation. Our athletes did a great job today of staying focused and pushing each other throughout the day, leading them to a great neutral site win. We’re looking forward to another opportunity to test ourselves tomorrow against DSU.” – Baylor head coach Casie Maxwell 


BU closes out play in the Delaware State Tournament on Saturday, March 3, at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT, facing the host school, Delaware State.



BISHOP, Ga. – The top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs defeated the fifth-ranked SMU Mustangs 11-8, securing the seniors’ final win at the UGA Equestrian Complex on Friday.

"It's always great to come out here and compete,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “It's always a little emotional watching the seniors ride knowing it is the last time on home turf. Having said that, it is not the last time of the season so looking forward to what they will continue to do in and out of the arena." 

Georgia (8-1, 4-1) took a 3-2 win over SMU in Equitation Over Fences. Senior Addy Cord rode to a season and event-high, 86, over the Mustang’s Hayley Banas 80 to put the Bulldogs on the board first. Tied 2-2 going into the last rotation, sophomore Ali Tritschler anchored the Bulldogs’ victory in the first event with a score of 80 to top SMU’s Brett Burlington score of 79. 

Senior Payton Anderson posted a score of 80 to defeat SMU’s Michaela Dinger to clinch the sweep in Horsemanship. Two more Georgia seniors, Bailey Anderson and Sammie Johnson, added to the uncontested 5-0 win. Senior Bailey Anderson trotted to her sixth MOP honor of the season with an event-high score of 75.5 over the Mustangs’ Ashley Mauney, 71. Sammie Johnson earned Georgia’s final point with a score of 74, providing the Bulldogs an 8-2 lead over the Mustangs going into the final two events.

After SMU tied the meet at two, Tritschler earns her first MOP honor with a season-high score of 90 over SMU’s Vivian Yowan, 82, to lock in the Bulldogs’ 3-2 win in Equitation on the Flat. Sophomores Maddy Darst and Grace Bridges contributed scores of 87 and 85, respectively, for two more Georgia points. 

Georgia dropped four points to SMU in Reining. Three Bulldogs, Annabeth Payne, Kyndall Harper, and Julia Spreng, each earned scores of 67.5 to end the day. The Bulldogs’ early lead guaranteed a win over the SMU Mustangs 11-4. 

Up next, Georgia heads to College Station, Texas for the final regular season meet to take on third-ranked Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday, March 10.



AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 2 Auburn equestrian team won its fifth straight, putting together a dominating 14-3 victory over No. 5 SMU Saturday at the Auburn University Equestrian Center. The win was the team’s fourth over a Top 5 opponent in the last five meets and pushed the Tigers to 8-3 overall.

“This team has put together outstanding rides this spring,” head coach Greg Williams said. “I want to give credit to coaches Jessica Braswell and Mary Meneely for that. The team continues to get stronger every day and are really getting in sync. We are still building for the postseason and are looking forward to what’s to come.”

In addition to a successful showing in the competition, the team also welcomed over 30 alums to the program’s first-ever Alumni Day celebration.

“It was a special day out here,” Williams said. “I really hope our alums are proud of the legacy they left and leave today with the knowledge that our team continues to build on that legacy.”

The Western corps had another outstanding showing for Auburn and did not give up a point the whole day, coming away with a 7-0 mark.

The Tigers kicked things off on Horsemanship and bested the Mustangs, 4-0. Sophomore Kara Kaufmann led off with a solid 75.5 for her ride, topping Kara Vickery’s 73. Freshman Deanna Green followed with 76.5 points in her win as she earned her sixth Most Outstanding Performer award of the year.

Fellow freshman Taylor Searles secured her fifth win this season with a 75-72.5 victory over Charlotte Selby, while junior Lauren Diaz topped Michaela Dinger, 75.5-71.5, for win No. 7 of the year. Redshirt junior Kelsey Jung tied Haylee Schoonover, 74.5-74.5, keep the Tigers undefeated in the event.

The Auburn Reining crew picked up three points with two ties to help the Western side go unbeaten. Senior Alexa Rivard earned a season-best 73 points on her ride, securing the win and her second MOP of the year. Freshmen Terri-June Granger and Green each picked up victories as Granger topped Madison Steed, 70.5-68, and Green edged Jill Pfisthner, 71.5-70.5. 

Juniors Betsy Brown and Blair McFarlin came away with ties in their match ups, scoring 70.5 points and 71 points, respectively.

On the Hunt Seat side, Equitation on the Flat kicked off the meet with a 3-2 mark against the Mustangs. Senior Caitlin Creel bested Haley Zimmerman, 77-65, before junior Hayley Iannotti outscored Vivian Yowan, 75-58. The win gave Iannotti her 10th of the season in the event. Junior Ashton Alexander took home MOP honors as she defeated Mary Elizabeth Cordia, 87-56.

Equitation Over Fences finished the day with a 4-1 record vs. SMU. A trio of juniors in Alex Ladove, Caitlin Boyle, and Iannotti all scored 80+ points on their rides to pick up wins for the Tigers. Ladove bested Yowan, 85-82, while Iannotti defeated her opponent, 88-84. Boyle’s 89 points edged Kelsie Brittan’s 88, securing MOP honors and her ninth win in the event this year. That point total was also a season best for Boyle.

Also picking up a point for Auburn in Fences was freshman Carly Hoft. The Charlotte, N.C., native outscored Hayley Banas, 79-76.

Auburn caps the regular season at home Saturday, March 10, hosting Fresno State at the Auburn University Equestrian Center. The Tigers and the Bulldogs will face off at 11 a.m. CT and the squad will honor its senior class at intermission.

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