Stephanie Helson, OSU

Sunday, October 14, 2018




MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian squad swept all four MOP's today in a hard-fought 9-5 triumph over South Dakota State at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion.
The Skyhawks earned their first win of the season behind a dominant effort in reining, picking up all four wins in the event. Overall, UT Martin edged out the Jackrabbits by a 5-2 margin in the Western discipline and by a 4-3 margin in the Hunter Seat discipline.
Monika Zoromski (equitation over fences), Kelby Kane (equitation on the flat), Devon Woods (horsemanship) and Tess Baumann (reining) each collected MOP accolades for the Skyhawks. That marked the first time that UT Martin had nabbed all four MOP honorees since last March 16 against Minnesota-Crookston.
In equitation over fences, Zoromski tallied 77 points on her way to her first MOP of the season. Kane also tallied the second victory of her freshman season with a 76-point performance.
Woods' MOP effort was the result of 74 points in horsemanship, which was her first victory of the 2018-19 campaign. Bobbie Piddock earned a draw with her 69-point ride while Lucy Eier (70.5) was narrowly defeated by one point.
The Skyhawks dominated the reining portion of the competition, outscoring South Dakota State by a 279.5-130 margin. Baumann nabbed MOP accolades with 68.5 points while Hannah McDonald's score of 71.5 was the highest point total for UT Martin. Noel Meadows (71) and Maddie Mykolaitis (68.5) rounded out the sweep for the Skyhawks.
In equitation on the flat, Kane's 86 points were good enough for an MOP honor – as it was also the highest score in that event for any UT Martin rider this season. Zoromski was close behind with 85 points while Lindsay Anderson's 69 points tied her Jackrabbit competitor.



MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian team posted a dominant effort in equitation over fences today to lead the Skyhawks to their second win in as many days with a 6-3 triumph over Sweet Briar College.
UT Martin won all five points in the equitation over fences event, headed by an MOP effort out of Abbie Hopkins. The Skyhawks also collected one point in equitation on the flat, guided by Monika Zoromski's MOP performance.
Zoromski's 90-point ride in equitation on the flat was good enough for her first MOP honor of the season in that event. Lindsay Anderson earned a tie with 83 points while Hopkins' score of 88 was narrowly edged out by one point as Sweet Briar took a 3-1 lead after the first half of the competition.
However, UT Martin's scoring five in equitation over fences banded together to give the Skyhawks a commanding victory. Hopkins boasted MOP accolades after a score of 86 while Kelby Kane equaled a career-high with 84 points to earn a victory. Anderson's score of 82 points were good enough for a win while Brooke Pfeiffer (79) and Zoromski (75) completed the event sweep and helped secure the victory for UT Martin.
The Skyhawks' next competition is on Friday, Nov. 2 when they host No. 8 South Carolina. The action starts at 10 a.m. at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion.


MARTIN, Tenn. – In a dual meet on Thursday, the Jackrabbits split their matches, falling to UT Martin 9-5 and topping Sweet Briar College 6-3 to start the regular season at 1-1.
Jacks fall to UT Martin 9-5
Freshman Alexa Maiello scored first for the Jacks, topping UT Martin's Abbie Hopkins, 76-55 in Equitation over Fences. Matilyn Skinner posted the team's second point, defeating her counterpart 73-45, locking the meet at 2-2 after the first discipline.
Jacey Chorlton earned the Jacks lone point in Equitation on the Flat, grabbing a 78 to take down UT Martin's Hopkins. SDSU fell 2-1 on the Flat and 4-3 in the hunt seat totals.
The Jacks won Horsemanship 2-1 behind Jordan Gates defeating her opposition 73-69.5 and Rylee Streit winning 71.5-70.5.
UT Martin took the final discipline, sweeping Reigning 4-0 to ultimately decide the match.
SDSU defeat Sweet Briar in Hunt Seat Matchup
SDSU bested the Vixens 4-0 in Fences behind Maiello's MOP performance, scoring an 81. Chorlton, Jessica Martinez, and Abrielle Reed all scored a 74 and Sydney House posted a 55 to push a tie with Sweet Briar's Maggie Fraley.
Martinez and Reed earned the Jacks two points with runs of 78 and 71, respectively, in Equitation on the Flat. Although they dropped the discipline 3-2, it was enough to win the meet 6-3.
Up Next
The Jacks will host University of Minnesota Crookston on Nov. 3 at 8 a.m.



BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. – The No. 2 Texas A&M equestrian team pulled off another thrilling victory, downing No. 8 South Carolina, 9-8, Friday at One Wood Farm.

With the win, the Aggies move to 3-0 (1-0 SEC), while the Gamecocks fall to 1-3 (1-2 SEC).

“I am really proud of the team today,” head coach Tana McKay said. “It again came down to our girls in Flat, and they came through for us. They have all been mentally tough all year and have worked so well as a team. After back-to-back meets, it is nice to get a week off to gather ourselves and correct our mistakes before we host another tough team in Fresno State.”

In the meet’s first event, Equitation over Fences, Texas A&M’s Caroline Dance secured the first point with an 81-77 victory over Trinity Hammerschmidt. The Aggies’ Rebekah Chenelle kept her perfect season alive as she defeated Madison Sellman, 79-72, and earned Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors.

In Horsemanship, A&M’s Sarah Orsak tied Caroline Gute, 74.5-74.5, before the Aggies won the final three points. Alex Albright topped Alexa Thorpe, 75-73.5, before Ashley Davidson bested Madison Thiel, 76-75, and garnered MOP honors. Katie Conklin concluded the event with a 76-75 triumph over Sloan Vogt to give the Aggies a 5-4 advantage at the half.

Texas A&M’s Caroline Boyle began Equitation on the Flat with an 81-77 victory over Louisa Brackett and was named MOP for her efforts. Chenelle followed suit, scoring a 76, bettering Hammerschmidt’s 71. Dance defeated Madison Braymon, 80-0, to close out the event.  

Ashton Dunkel logged the lone point for the Aggies in Reining, defeating Addie Cromer, 70-68.5. Kalee McCann and Courtney Yohey each earned ties.

The Aggies return to action Oct. 26 at the Hildebrand Equine Complex for an 11 a.m. meet against Fresno State. Admission to the meet is free. 

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Dallas (SMU) –Despite torrential downpours over Dallas on Saturday morning (Oct. 13), No. 4 SMU defeated No. 5 Georgia at the Dallas Equestrian Center, 11-8 (1550.5-1478.5), maintaining their undefeated 3-0 record.

Ashley Mauney won Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors for the Mustangs in Horsemanship.

At the start of the meet, SMU surged ahead, 4-1, in Equitation Over Fences. Devin Seek riding Hamilton for a score of 88, Olivia Woodson on Rosie for an 81, Nora Gray on Lux with an 87, and Vivian Yowan riding Dillon for a score of 88, earned points for SMU over fences.

Holly Lansidel notched a 72.5 on Stewie in the reining arena before the teams launched into a four hour lightning delay, as rainfall got progressively worse.

After heavy thunderstorms and flooding, due to Hurricane Sergio which made landfall in Mexico earlier this week, the meet resumed at 2:00 p.m.

Savannah Ostner for a 71 on Juice, Madison Steed with a 72.5 on Tinsel, and Aubrey Alderman riding Mercedes for a score of 71 put points on the board for SMU in reining, while Haley Zimmerman with a score of 79 on Punch and Vivian Yowan riding Hamilton for an 86 contributed a tie and a point in Equitation on the Flat, respectively.

Finally, in Horsemanship, Ashley Mauney on Dany for a 75.5, Mallory Vroegh scoring a 71 riding Ray and Haylee Schnoonover scoring a 71.5 on Shirley, won their points for the Mustangs.

The highly anticipated meet, in which two recently crowned conference champions faced off (Georgia, 2018 SEC Championship & SMU, 2018 UEC Championship), ended in a celebratory win for SMU.

"I feel like I finally have the team that can bring all four sides to the table, and I believe we proved that today," head coach Carol Gwin said. "I was very happy with the way the hunt seat rode through torrential downpours. I was also very happy at the bitter end when we needed Horsemanship to come through, they did. Well. They won 4-1. That was amazing. My reiners and my flat girls held it steady, and so it was just nice to see all four sides just really getting things done. I know flat had a loss today, but they kept us in there and they kept the momentum going. Our girls worked so hard today."

Due to weather, the team had to adjust the time of the meet on short notice.

"We started the meet almost an hour and a half earlier than we normally do," Gwin said. "They had to get here at 5 a.m. and some of them were here last night until 8 or 9 p.m. to make sure that the horses were perfectly prepared and that everything went well. I feel really lucky to have such a great group."

She also expressed appreciation for her assistant coaches, who have both won in meets against their alma maters this season.

"I want to give my hats off to Coach [McKenzie] Lantz who killed it today with her Western side and Coach [Amber] Henter who this is her third meet of her career but she's killing it as well even with a broken foot," Gwin said. "I'm very, very happy overall with the day."

In March, the last time the Mustangs and Bulldogs competed, the meet also ended in an 11-8 decision, but in favor of the Bulldogs. This time, the Mustangs were able to come out on top with a strong home win.

"They're such a quality group and such a quality group of student athletes and coaches and they hung right in here with us cheery we're very gracious to have them," Gwin said of the Georgia squad. "It was nice to have a good quality competition even under the toughest of circumstances."

Up next, the Mustangs' will face fellow UEC competitor Fresno State at the Dallas Equestrian Center on Saturday, Oct. 27.



STILLWATER, OK – The No. 7 Oklahoma State equestrian team upset No. 3 Baylor, 11-9, in dramatic fashion Saturday at Totusek Arena.

The meet came down to the very end as the Cowgirls (1-1, 1-0) took four of the five Reining points to complete the comeback. Hannah Mitchell's point proved to be the meet winner as she defeated Madaline Callaway, 71.5-65, on Bueno.

With the meet on the line, Baylor's Abbi Demel was the last rider of the day and had a chance to tie things up at 10. However, she fell just short of Stephanie Helsen, 70-69.5, on Boss. 

"We're lucky to come away with a win," OSU head coach Larry Sanchez said. "Baylor has a very strong team, and they rode well all day long. Thanks to our Reining riders that kept their minds where they needed to be."

The Cowgirls jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in Fences to start the day, courtesy of Abigail BraymanSydnie Ziegler and Hannah Janson. Ziegler earned Equitation over Fences MOP for her 85-79 victory over Shannon Hogue. 

After Horsemanship and halfway through the meet, Baylor tied things up at 5-5. Maddie Bender, who was the Horsemanship MOP, and Natalie Alcorn scored Horsemanship points for the Cowgirls.

Next up was Equitation on the Flat, where Katie Schell briefly secured the lead again for OSU, 6-5, after defeating Hogue, 79-74. Brayman later scored her second point of the day as she pulled the Cowgirls back within one at 8-7 headed into Reining. 

"We're telling them all the time, 'It's never over 'til it's over,'" Sanchez said. "You have to always stay up."

Hunter De Jane edged Carly Salter, 71.5-71, to start Reining off. Baylor's Sydney Scheckel quickly countered with a point of her own to put the Bears back on top. 

However, it wouldn't last long as Kristi Wiggins defeated Georgia Smith, 69-68.5, to tie the meet at 9-9. Mitchell then rode into the arena to secure the win and an MOP honor. 

"Our goal is to continue to get better and better every meet of the year until we get to the postseason," Sanchez said.

The Cowgirls hit the road for an SEC road trip next week as OSU faces defending national champion Auburn on Oct. 19 and Georgia on Oct. 20.



AUBURN, Ala. – A dominant performance from the No. 1 Auburn equestrian team gave the Tigers a comfortable win over Ole Miss, defeating the Rebels, 17-1, at the Auburn University Equestrian Center Friday afternoon.

“Today was fantastic for us and it was a lot of fun for us to get some new people in the arena. It shows the depth that we have right now,” head coach Greg Williams said. “This team made the hashtag ‘#AsOne’ and they are living it. This is probably one of the closest teams I have seen. It has been truly amazing and the results are showing.” 

The Tigers dominated from beginning to end, sweeping the Rebels in three of the four events. 

Senior Mackenzie Michaels opened in Equitation on the Flat with a ride that earned her a Most Outstanding Performer recognition, defeating Nancy Newman, 88-58. Four more points followed for the Tigers as junior Becky Kozma and sophomore Helen Ulrich picked up wins over Emory Barnes and Ellis Ross, respectively. The event finished with sophomore Emma Crosbie and senior Casey Schmitz earning points for the Tigers.

The momentum for the home team carried into Horsemanship as every member of the Auburn team collected a score of at least 70 points. Freshman Emma Brown defeated Rebel Parker Walters, 75-64.5, to earn a MOP recognition in her first collegiate meet. 

Junior Hayley Pembroke and sophomore Anna Enos earned scores of 74 and 73, respectively, to pick up wins. Senior Emma Paul and freshman Ellie Becker also contributed with one win each to complete the sweep in Horsemanship.

Equitation over Fences followed and the Rebels took the first point of the event. The Tigers responded with four points starting with an 82-56 win from sophomore Carly Hoft. That victory gave her MOP honors. Junior Anna Claire Smith and freshman Meghan Knapic topped their opponents with scores of 78-53 and 75-57, respectively. Sophomore Ericka Koscinski closed the event with a win over Robin Young, 80-69. 

The final event of the day was Reining where the Tigers grabbed all three points. Junior Kara Kaufmann collected the MOP thanks to a 70-59.5 victory over Carley Sheppard. Freshman Charlie Sue Pates topped Emma Beth Corkren, 67-0, in her first collegiate meet and sophomore Taylor Searles closed the show with a 68-61 win over Laurie Marie Robbins. 

The No. 1 Auburn team return to the Auburn University Equestrian Center for a non-conference showdown with nationally-ranked Oklahoma State. The Tigers and the No. 7 Cowgirls will go head-to-head at 3 p.m. CT and admission is free.  

Equitation Over Fences
Emory Barnes (MISS) def. Alex Ladove (AU), 62-38
Carly Hoft (AU) def. Ellis Ross (MISS), 82-36
Anna Claire Smith (AU) def. Nancy Newman (MISS), 78-53
Meghan Knapic (AU) def. Meredith Foster (MISS), 75-57
Ericka Koscinski (AU) def. Robin Young (MISS), 80-69
Equitation on the Flat
Mackenzie Michaels (AU) def. Nancy Newman (MISS), 88-58
Becky Kozma (AU) def. Emory Barnes (MISS), 85-56
Helen Ulrich (AU) def. Ellis Ross (MISS), 77-48

Emma Crosbie  (AU) def. Meredith Foster (MISS), 67-48
Casey Schmitz (AU) def. Parker Walters (MISS), 75-54
Emma Paul (AU) def. Ellis Ross (MISS), 70.5-0
Ellie Becker (AU) def. Laurie Marie Robbins (MISS), 70-67
Emma Brown (AU) def. Parker Walters (MISS), 75-64.5
Anna Enos (AU) def. Emma Beth Corkren (MISS), 73-55
Hayley Pembroke (AU) def. Carley Sheppard (MISS), 74-70
Kara Kaufmann (AU) def. Addie Cromer (MISS), 70-59.5
Charlie Sue Pates (AU) def. Madison Thiel (MISS), 67-0
Taylor Searles (AU) def. Laurie Marie Robbins(MISS), 68-61 

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