Sunday, September 23, 2018


No. 1 Auburn Tigers Down No. 10 UT Martin, 15-4

MARTIN, Tenn. – The No. 1 Auburn equestrian team kicked off the 2018-19 season with a 15-4 victory over No. 10 UT Martin on the road at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Center. 

“This was one of our better season openers from top to bottom,” head coach Greg Williams said. “There were very few mistakes than what we normally see in the first meet of the year. I love that this team really took heart the importance on working on fundamentals and we feel good about that.”

The Tigers swept the Most Outstanding Performers awards as a quartet of seniors shined during competition. Caitlin Boyle picked up honors in Equitation Over Fences, while Lauren Diaz was awarded MOP in Horsemanship. Blair McFarlin was the high scorer and MOP winner in Reining and Ashton Alexander earned the honor in Equitation on the Flat.

“The seniors rode extremely strong today,” Williams said. “Every single one in the lineup today is somebody that can ride with anyone in the country. Not only do I like what they are doing in competition, but I really like how they are developing a great leadership style for this team.”

Auburn went into intermission with a 7-2 lead over the Skyhawks after solid performances from Equitation Over Fences and Horsemanship.

Boyle kicked off the scoring in Fences with an 86-84 win over Kelby Kane and Alexander followed with a 10-point win vs. Randi LaChance. Competing in her first collegiate meet was freshman McKayla Langmeier and the East Granby, Conn., product bested her opponent, 81-65. Senior Hayley Iannotti capped the event with an 83-68 win over Monika Zoromski.  

Senior Megan Rauh was a big scorer for the Tigers in Horsemanship, opening the event with 74 points in her win. Diaz rode to a 73.5-70.5 win over Devon Woods and senior Kelsey Jung earned the high score of the day with 75.5 points to top Tess Baumann’s 70.5.

Following the break, the Reining corps came out hot and finished the Western side of competition with a 4-1 win over the Skyhawks.

McFarlin led all student-athletes with a 73.5 on her ride, besting her opponent’s 66.5. Seniors Ali Fratessa and Betsy Brown followed with more wins for Auburn. Fratessa topped Hannah McDonald by a point, 69.5-68.5, while Brown’s 65.5 was four better than her competition. Sophomore Terri-June Granger picked up where she left off last year, earning a 67-66 victory over Liana Nowak. 

After dropping the first point, the Flat crew bounced back to take the final four match ups and win 4-1. Langmeier capped her successful first meet with an 80-66 win and Alexander followed with her MOP ride, scoring 86 points. Iannotti put together an 81-76 victory, while sophomore Taylor St. Jacques closed out the day with a 76-67 win over LaChance.

The Tigers return to the Auburn University Equestrian Center for a Southeastern Conference match up with No. 8 South Carolina, Sept. 28. The teams will go head-to-head at 3 p.m. CT and admission will be free. 

#1 AUBURN 15, #10 UT MARTIN 4

Equitation Over Fences

Caitlin Boyle (AU)* def. Kelby Kane (UTM), 86-84

Ashton Alexander (AU) def. Randi LaChance (UTM), 82-72

Brooke Pfeiffer (UTM) def. Taylor St. Jacques (AU), 84-50

McKayla Langmeier (AU) def. Abbie Hopkins (UTM), 81-65

Hayley Iannotti (AU) def. Monika Zoromski (UTM), 83-68

Equitation on the Flat

Abbie Hopkins (UTM) def. Caitlin Boyle (AU), 85-83

McKayla Langmeier (AU) def. Quinn Reed (UTM), 80-66

Ashton Alexander (AU)* def. Kelby Kane (UTM), 86-75

Hayley Iannotti (AU) def. Monika Zoromski (UTM), 81-76

Taylor St. Jacques (AU) def. Randi LaChance (UTM), 76-67


Megan Rauh (AU) def. Bailey Newlin (UTM), 74-70

Lucy Eier (UTM) def. Haley Pembroke (AU), 74-71.5

Kara Kaufmann (AU) tied McAuley Ross (UTM), 73.5-73.5

Lauren Diaz (AU)* def. Devon Woods (UTM), 73.5-70.5

Kelsey Jung (AU) def. Tess Baumann (UTM), 75.5-70.5


Blair McFarlin (AU)* def. Emily Zegistowsky (UTM), 73.5-66.5

Ali Fratessa (AU) def. Hannah McDonald (UTM), 69.5-68.5

Betsy Brown (AU) def. Sami Felts (UTM), 65.5-61.5

Terri-June Granger (AU) def. Liana Nowak (UTM), 67-66

Noel Meadows (UTM) def. Peyton Hall (AU), 67-65.5

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TCU Equestrian Downs Texas Tech, 14-1, In Season Opener

SPRINGTOWN, Texas – The fifth-ranked TCU equestrian team opened the 2018-19 campaign with a strong effort at Turning Point Ranch on Friday, defeating Texas Tech in an exhibition, 14-1. TCU captured all four Most Outstanding Performer awards, and 12 riders saw their first action in a Horned Frog uniform.

The Rundown
The Frogs kicked off the season by sweeping the Hunter Seat events (flat and fences) and taking three points each in both Western events (horsemanship and reining), while only conceding one.

In Equitation over Fences, the Frogs swept the discipline, 4-0, over Texas Tech. A group of all freshman saw their first in-meet action on Friday. Wynne Weatherly started strong for the Frogs with an 85-40 decision, good enough for her first MOP. Niki Barnes also logged her first career win, 72-66. In her first ride as a Horned Frog, Jacey Albaugh won 71-60 on Tony. Brooke Matson rounded the discipline, winning 68-65 on Biggie. Bri Gonzalez saw action as the demo rider for Fences, earning a 70 on Mabel. 

In Reining, TCU won the discipline, 3-1. Junior Claire Dittrich had a good ride in exhibition on Brittany, earning herself a score of 70. Freshman Skylar Smith, sophomore Andersen Gillespie, and junior MG Reed tallied the points for the Purple and White. Reed earned her second MOP of her career with a 72-67.5 decision over Arianne Cox on Roxie.

On the Flat, the Frogs swept the discipline. Senior Jada Taylor and freshmen Jacey Albaugh, Izzy Baxter, and Brooke Matson earned their points, with Matson earning her first MOP on the Flat. Matson had an 85-point ride on Pim to defeat TTU's Peyton Escher. Albaugh had an impressive ride on Tag, downing Lauren McKenzie with an 85-64 decision. 

In Horsemanship, the Frogs finished the meet strong winning 3-0 in the discipline. Junior Drew Rogers along with sophomore Anna Hauter and freshman Natalia DeVencenty finished the job against the Red Raiders. DeVencenty came away with her first career MOP after a 73-70.5 decision on Gomer against Jessica Harper.

Quote of the Day

“It was very exciting to see our freshmen perform as well as they did today. They showed a lot of talent, drive, and determination. I was particularly impressed by how they handled a new competition format, riding unfamiliar horses, and how they managed the energy of the day because those are all a big part of being successful at this level. We have some developing to do yet, but this has the potential to be one of our best classes. It was good to get out and test our mettle against another team. Now we’ll start working on preparing for Delaware State and tightening up a few things we saw today.”

- Three freshman earned MOP honors.
- A total of 12 riders saw their first career action for the Horned Frogs
- TCU improves to 4-0 in the all-time series against Texas Tech
- Three freshmen scored 85 in Hunter Seat events

Up Next
The Frogs will host Delaware State at Turning Point Ranch in Springtown, Texas, next Thursday, September 27, at 11 a.m. CT.


SMU Hunt Seat Squad Surpasses Sweet Briar, Lynchburg

Sweet Briar, VA - At The Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center on Friday morning, SMU equestrian produced a 6-3 (726.0-712.5) victory over Sweet Briar College, with Haley Zimmermanearning MOP honors in Equitation on the Flat.

The Hunt Seat-only meet in Sweet Briar, Virginia, was also the site of the SMU vs. Lynchburg scrimmage, where the Mustangs achieved a 6-2 (546.0-493.0) win against the University of Lynchburg Hornets.

In the scrimmage, Olivia Woodson took home the Most Outstanding Player title in Equitation on the Flat, while Elle Young earned MOP recognition in Equitation Over Fences.

Versus the Vixens, SMU swept the points in Equitation on the Flat, 4-0.

Nora Gray, with a score of 70.0, riding Baco, tied with Sweet Briar competitor Katie Balding. Vivian Yowan, with a score of 71.0 on Mo'Bay, Zimmerman for a score of 72.0 riding Navarre, Kirsten Ostling scoring 68.0 on Bella, and Lexi Murphy earning a 69.0 on Emmett, all tallied points for the Mustangs on the flat.

In Equitation Over Fences, Gray on Aate, with a score of 77.0, and Yowan, scoring 80.0 on Calvin, added to SMU's points over fences.

Against Lynchburg, the Mustangs' fate was nearly the same, as SMU swept the flat and scored two points over fences.

Zimmerman scored a 63.0, while Woodson with a 74.0, earned their points for the Mustangs in Equitation on the Flat. Likewise, Mary Elizabeth Cordia with a 73.0, and Tali DeJong with a 64.0, contributed to SMU's winning score.

Elle Young, scoring 79.0, and Woodson scoring 67.0, notched points for SMU in Equitation Over Fences.

The Mustangs will be in action on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. when both English and Western riders compete against the University of South Carolina at One Wood Farm in Blythewood, South Carolina.

No. 6 SMU Captures, 9-8, Win Over No. 8 South Carolina

Blythewood, S.C - Finishing out a winning weekend, No. 6 SMU Equestrian earned a thrilling, 9-8-3, victory over No. 8 South Carolina on Saturday morning at One Wood Farm, in Blythewod, S.C.

After a strong showing in Equitation Over Fences, the Mustangs were neck and neck with the Gamecocks in a competitive match that came down to the final point in Reining.

Nora Gray and Haylee Schoonover's performances earned them Most Outstanding Player honors in Equitation Over Fences and Horsemanship, respectively.


In Equitation Over Fences, SMU's Kelsie Brittan, riding Leon for a score of 80, Brett Burlington on Tattoo scoring a 79, and Gray, riding Joe for an 88, earned points in the event in which the Mustangs scored 3-1 over South Carolina.

In Equitation on the Flat, SMU and South Carolina went head to head in a 2-2 event finish. Vivian Yowan scoring a 68 on Toby, and Haley Zimmerman scoring a 58 on Ella, put points on the board, while, Kirsten Ostling, riding Volan, scored a 54 to hold off South Carolina competitor Billi Brandner with a tie.


In Horsemanship, the Mustangs tied the Gamecocks, 2-2. Schoonover on Reggie scoring 75, and Mallory Vroegh with a 73.5 on Jazz, contributed points, while Kara Vickery, riding Amos, tied with South Carolina's Quinn Brandt with a 72.

In Reining, Aubrey Alderman scored a 69 on Wrangler for the point. In the final moments, the Gamecocks tied up the score 8-8, as Savannah Ostner, earning a 69.5 on Stoner, garnered the final point for the Mustangs, clinching the win.

On October 13, the Mustangs will host the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs at the Dallas Equestrian Center.

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