Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State equestrian team defeated TCU, 13-6, at the NM State Equestrian Center Saturday, Oct. 24. The Aggies are now 2-1 on the season and 2-0 at home in 2009-10.
"The experience we gained last year as a hunt seat team is evident this season. Many of our sophomore riders are having a stellar year including Marisa Bernal who remains undefeated in both the Equitation over Fences and on the flat. On another note, our freshmen and transfers are proving to be outstanding riders as well. Samantha Stephens a freshman from the Dallas area now has two wins and two MVP in her first two competitions of the season."
The day started with a bang at the Hunter Seat team swept the Horn Frogs, in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences. Sophomore Marisa Bernal would remain undefeated on the season with wins in both the Flat and Fences. Bernal beat Victoria Lee 77 to 70.5 in the Flat and Tassie Munroe, 78 to 67 in the Fences. Bernal is now a perfect 6-0 on the year.
Also in the Equitation on the Flat competitions n, Chelsae Keyes beat Jessica Hagen, 76.5 to 74, while Brianna Raab defeated Milana Trimino, 74.5 to 66. Jennifer Friend handled Munroe, 80.5 to 65, earning MVP honors while Laura Bostwick wrapped up the Flat competition and the sweep with an 80 to 72 win over Callie Selchaue.
In the Equitation over Fences, Bostwick won her second head-to-head match-up of the day by beating Jennifer Whitt, 70 to 69. Raab stayed perfect on the day with a 76 to 72 win over Lee, as Samantha Stephens dominated in her ride, beating Lauren Quiroz, 80 to 65, earning the MVP honor, her first as an Aggie.
On the Western side, the Aggies fell just short against a very tough TCU team, 6-3. In the Horsemanship competition the Aggies took just one point as Codi Binkerd defeated Chloe Baker, 70 to 65.5. Binkerd now has two straight victories in the Horsemanship. Megan Gould from Albuquerque, N.M. tied Ashley Aikman with a 67.5 in her first competition of the season.
"TCU is a tough team. They certainly brought their 'A' game today," Hanson said. "We held our own, and dropped points by minimal margins."
The Aggies would take two points in the Reining competition as Rebecca McReynolds was named MVP for her ride against Kelsey Huffman, winning 71.5 to 69. McReynolds moved to 3-0 on the season in Reining. Breanne Bertrand earned the second point for the Aggies by defeating Carrie von Uhlit, 74 to 69.
"Our reining line-up has been extremely consistent this year. Rebecca McReynolds is proving to be a valuable asset in her first year of competition, and returning members Breanne Bertrand and Rachael Krause continue to be strong competitors." Asst. Coach Robin Morris said.
The Aggies will be back in action on Oct. 31 against Tennessee-Martin in Martin, Tenn.