BRYAN, Texas – The No. 4 Texas A&M equestrian team (2-2, 0-2 SEC) unseated 10th-ranked SMU (3-2), 9-3, in a hunter seat competition Friday at the Brazos Valley Expo Center.
“I’m really proud of our riders,” Aggie Head Hunter Seat Coach Linzy Woolf said. “The team was solid and rode well, and everything came together out there. We’re taking the season one meet at a time and today’s victory showed our progress and diligence.”
The Aggies swept the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) awards as sophomore Haley Buchmiller was honored in equitation on the flat and junior Shelby Lawson took the award in equitation over fences.
The competition started with fences, where the SMU took an early 1-0 lead. The Aggies responded with a pair of wins by senior Kori Pickett and sophomore Leah Chenelle before Lawson had her MOP ride. The junior’s 90-point score is a season high in fences. With A&M in a 3-2 lead, senior Emily Williams, who is now 4-0 on the season, gave the Aggies the push they needed for the 4-2 fences win.
Wins by freshman Hannah Williams, Buchmiller and Emily Williams in flat secured the overall hunt seat victory as the Aggies took a 7-3 lead in the meet. Junior Ellie Wilkins took a two-point edge on her opponent to ensure the victory in flat before junior Paige Russell earned a win to give A&M a final 5-1 win in flat and a 9-3 victory over the Mustangs overall.
The Aggies will challenge No. 8 TCU this afternoon in a western meet. The teams will also face off in a hunt seat exhibition show at the same time.
Aggie Western Squad Takes Meet with TCU
BRYAN, Texas – The No. 4 Texas A&M Equestrian team (3-2, 0-2 SEC) won a western meet with No. 8 TCU (2-1), 5-4, and swept the MOP awards Friday at the Brazos Valley Expo Complex.
“It was really nice to finally show at home,” head coach Tana McKay said. “TCU has been a national championship and is always a difficult team to compete with. It was great to come out on top after a challenging meet.”
Horsemanship got the Aggies off to a good start with a 4-1 victory. Senior Laura Brainard was distinguished as the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) with a 74.5 ride. This is the third straight MOP award for Brainard, who leads the Aggies with three honors on the season.
Seniors Carey Nowacek and Amanda Brightwell each had the highest horsemanship scores on the day, defeating opponents with a pair of 75.5 tallies. Junior Caroline Ammons also had a win in horsemanship, with a score of 72.5.
In reining, TCU took a 2-0 lead after the first three pairings but a .5-point victory by Ashley Skold narrowed the scoring gap and secured an overall western win for the Aggies with the 5-3 lead. Skold’s ride earned the sophomore her first MOP award of the season. TCU took the last ride and won reining, 3-1, but it wasn’t enough as A&M earned a 5-4 win over the Horned Frogs.
The Aggies and Horned Frogs also competed in a hunter seat exhibition meet, with A&M edging TCU, 4-1. A&M swept equitation on the flat, 3-0, before the teams tied, 1-1 in equitation over fences. A narrow 151-150 raw score difference gave the Aggies the victory in fences. Freshmen Hannah Williams (fences) and Marlena Parker (flat) were MOPs for A&M in the hunt seat exhibition.
Earlier in the day A&M defeated SMU in a hunt seat competition, 9-3, and swept the MOP awards as junior Shelby Lawson (fences) and sophomore Haley Buchmiller (flat) took honors.
A&M returns to the arena on Saturday, Nov. 10 when the Aggies host Fresno State at the BVEC.