Sunday, November 4, 2018




AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 1 Auburn equestrian team put together a dominating performance Friday afternoon, downing No. 2 Texas A&M at the Auburn University Equestrian Center, 14-5. The Tigers improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference. 

“This was a great, well-balanced effort today,” head coach Greg Williams said. “My hat is off to Coach Jessica Braswell and Coach Mary Meneely. The way they have this team riding is absolutely phenomenal and I’m really proud of how this team has risen up to the challenge each and every week. This is a perfect way to end our home stretch in the fall and get ready for our meet on the road next week.” 

The Tigers kicked off the day with a 7-2 lead heading into intermission after solid rides in Equitation on the Flat and Horsemanship. 

In Flat, sophomore Taylor St. Jacques got things started with a 20-point victory over Caroline Boyle, 85-65. The win gave the Glen Allen, Va., product her first Most Outstanding Performer honor of the year. 

Seniors Ashton Alexander, Caitlin Boyle and Hayley Iannotti followed with three-straight victories in the event for Auburn. Alexander remained undefeated in Flat with an 81-77 win, while Boyle scored 82 points in her victory over Rebekah Chenelle. Iannotti capped scoring in the event for the Tigers with an 87-82 win, improving to 4-0 on the season. 

The Horsemanship corps picked up three wins starting with junior Kara Kaufmann’s 74.5-72 victory over Katie Conklin. Sophomore Taylor Searles tied her season-best with a 75.5, topping Ashley Davidson’s 73. Senior Lauren Diaz earned her second MOP honor of the year with 75.5 points and the win to remain undefeated in the event, while classmate Kelsey Jung tied Alex Albright, 74.5-74.5, to also stay unbeaten for the Tigers. 

Highlighting the second half of the meet was the Equitation Over Fences performance as Auburn swept the Aggies. Senior Alex Ladove kicked things off with a 79-60 win, while Iannotti followed with 89 points in her victory to stay undefeated. Boyle edged Caroline Dance, 84-82, before Alexander scored a season-high 90 points to remain unbeaten and earn her first MOP of the season in the event. St. Jacques capped the winning with 82 points to best Grace Boston.  

A pair of seniors in Blair McFarlin and Ali Fratessa picked up victories in Reining for the Tigers. McFarlin bested her opponent with a 72-68.5 win, while Fratessa’s 73.5 points in her win was a season best score for the Wheelock, Texas, native. 

The Tigers cap the fall portion of the 2018-19 season at No. 7 Georgia Friday, Nov. 9, in Bishop, Ga.


Equitation Over Fences

Alex Ladove (AU) def. Haley Redifer (TAMU), 79-60

Hayley Iannotti (AU) def. Rebekah Chenelle (TAMU), 89-75

Caitlin Boyle (AU) def. Caroline Dance (TAMU), 84-82

Ashton Alexander (AU)* def. Hayden Stewart (TAMU), 90-86

Taylor St. Jacques (AU) def. Grace Boston (TAMU), 82-75

Equitation on the Flat

Taylor St. Jacques (AU)* def. Caroline Boyle (TAMU), 85-65

Ashton Alexander (AU) def. Brianna Peddicord (TAMU), 81-77

Caitlin Boyle (AU) def. Rebekah Chenelle (TAMU), 82-80

Hayley Iannotti (AU) def. Caroline Dance (TAMU), 87-82

Rhian Murphy (TAMU) def. Becky Kozma (AU), 84-72


Kara Kaufmann (AU) def. Katie Conkin (TAMU), 74.5-72

Sarah Orsak (TAMU) def. Deanna Green (AU), 73.5-71

Taylor Searles (AU) def. Ashley Davidson (TAMU), 75.5-73

Lauren Diaz (AU)* def. Kyra Bouma (TAMU0, 75.5-74.5

Kelsey Jung (AU) tied Alex Albright (TAMU), 74.5-74.5


Darby Garnder (TAMU) def. Deanna Green (AU), 73-72

Blair McFarlin (AU) def. Kalee McCann (TAMU), 72-68.5

Ali Fratessa (AU) def. Ashton Dunkel (TAMU), 73.5-72

Courtney Yohey (TAMU) def. Terri-June Granger (AU), 73-71

Marissa Harrell (TAMU) def. Betsy Brown (AU), 74.5-73.5

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SPRINGTOWN, Texas – The sixth-ranked TCU equestrian team took down No. 8 Oklahoma State, 11-9, in Big 12 action on Saturday at Turning Point Ranch. The Horned Frogs earned all four Most Outstanding Performer Honors in the victory. 

The Rundown

TCU equestrian excelled in the Hunter Seat arena, earning seven points, four of which came on the Flat. The Horned Frogs battled in the Western arena, winning four hard-earned points.

In Equitation over Fences, Grace Upshaw kicked the event off with a 71-68 victory over Oklahoma State’s Katie Schell on Java. Alex Beneson earned the highest score in the event, an 81 on Phia. Elizabeth McKim won the MOP for the event with a 78 on Fats, the third MOP of her career and first of the season.

In Reining, TCU earned two points. Claire Dittrich edged OSU’s Hannah Mitchell by one, 71.5-70.5, on Roxie en route to claiming the MOP accolade, her second in a row. Elena Hurd earned the other point for the Frogs, scoring a 68.5 on Peppy. 

In Horsemanship, Anna Hauter earned the first point for the Frogs with a score of 75.5, while Jamie Cook won, 77-72, over Maddie Bender of OSU. Cook earned her second MOP of the season, her second consecutive MOP as well.

As the meet came to a close, TCU found itself trailing Oklahoma State, 8-7, with only the scores in Equitation on the Flat yet to be tallied. Wynne Weatherly got the Frogs back to even with a 78-72 triumph over Sydnie Ziegler on Biggie but the Cowgirls answered with a point of their own to regain the lead. 

Niki Barnes promptly posted the highest score of the season for TCU, a 92 on Tag to defeat Hannah Janson and kickstart a furious comeback that gave the Horned Frogs the win. Janelle Henningsen followed with a 73-67 victory over Abigail Brayman on Tony before Jacey Albaugh earned the second MOP honor of her career by downing Katie Schell, 89-78, on Ozzie.

Head Hunter Seat Coach Logan Fiorentino

“What we were able to accomplish today, in the fashion that we did it, just shows how much potential we have and what our team is capable of. It was really exciting to see our team come together, keep fighting and not take no for an answer. We had a little adversity throughout the day but they kept their eyes forward and didn’t let any of that distraction shake them. It was really impressive for such a young group to be able to keep its focus like that. That is what I am most excited about, the maturity that they showed and the ability to compete. We’ve had a couple of tough weeks. They have had to get better and they have to learn and it’s exciting to see that commitment pay off.”

Up Next 

TCU takes to the road to close out the fall season as the Frogs cross the Metroplex for a battle with No. 3 SMU next Friday, Nov. 9.



Martin, Tenn. – The South Carolina equestrian team outrode UT Martin, 11-8, and claimed one MOP on Friday afternoon at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex. The Gamecocks also won the Hunter Seat category, 7-3, over the Skyhawks.
No. 5-ranked Carolina moved to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in SEC competitions, while UTM fell to 2-5 on the season.
"UT Martin did a great job," head coach Boo Major said. "(They had) great horses, sportsmanship and we had a really nice day (Friday). I'm really excited for our team to, once again, get a road win, this time with both our Western team and our Hunt Seat team for one competition."
Starting the day with Equitation Over Fences, Tyler Petrie claimed the first point for the Gamecocks with her 84-82 victory against Abbie Hopkins on Finn. Riding on Maximus, Madison Brayman took the lone MOP honor with an 86-65 win over Brooke Pfeiffer. Madison Sellman also earned a point after topping Lindsay Anderson on Dawson, 83-80. Rounding out the fences competition, Louisa Brackett won, 77-66, over Monika Zomoski on Rose.
In Horsemanship, Sloane Vogt just edged out Devon Woods, 73.5-73, on Juliet. Scoring the other point for the Gamecocks, Caroline Gute defeated McAuley Ross on Sissy, 70.5-69.5.
Moving to Equitation on the Flat, Brayman won her second point of the day with a 69-67 win over Anderson on Frappe. Also claiming a second point, Sellman earned a close, 68-67, victory on Maximus against Hopkins. Lizzie van der Walde closed out the flat event, beating Zoromski, 64-61, on Rose.
Finishing the meet with Reining, Jordan Scott took a 70-65.5 win opposite of Maddi Mykolaitis on Flash. Riding on Pratt, Madison Thiel topped Noel Meadows, 70-68, giving Carolina its final point for an 11-8 team win.
"We had some good rides and had some learning experiences, but overall it was a good day," Major said. "Some horses gave some of our girls some issues and some didn't, but I think that will only be a good thing for us to help us next weekend when go compete against a very good Fresno State team and a very good Baylor team."
Up next, the Gamecocks travel to Fresno State for a tri-meet competition, their last of the fall season, between the Bulldogs and Baylor on Friday, November 9, and Saturday, November 10, at the Student Horse Center.



The South Dakota State equestrian team defeated Minnesota Crookston 11-4 in a scrimmage meet Saturday. Freshman Alexa Maiello collected two MOPs on the day, one from each Hunt Seat event.

Hunt Seat
Maiello opened the meet, earning her first MOP with a score of 84 in Equitation over Fences to defeat her Minnesota Crookston opponent. Jacey Chorlton added an 85 to push the Jacks to a 3-1 lead through Fences.

An 88 garnered Maiello her second MOP, leading the way to a Jacks 4-0 sweep in Equitation on the Flat. Claire Garduno scored an 86 and Matilyn Skinner posted a 79.

The Jacks won Horsemanship 3-1 behind an MOP performance from Jordan Gates, scoring a 74. Whitney Vesey scored a 73.5 in her run to defeat Minnesota Crookston's Whitney Fenna.

Jordan Gates scored a team high 71 in Reining, but it was Caitlyn Hall who earned the Jacks lone point in the event with a 70.5 to defeat her Minnesota Crookston opponent as the Golden Eagles won Reining 2-1.

Up Next
The Jacks don't ride again until Jan. 26 when they host Texas A&M at DeHaan Equestrian Center.

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