Aggie Equestrian Defeats Fresno State 11-7

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Equestrian team got back on the winning track Saturday afternoon with an 11-7 win over Fresno State at the NM State Equestrian Center. The Aggies improve to 5-4 on the season.

The Hunter Seat team beat the Bulldogs 5-4, while the Western team handled Fresno State 6-3.

In the Hunter Seat competition, Jennifer Friend, Chelsae Keyes and Marisa Bernal led the Aggies in the Equitation on the Flat. Friend would earn MVP honors after beating Jessica Kissell, 82 to 79. Friend improves to 2-6 on the season and earns her first MVP honor of the year. Keyes defeated Lanie Madrazo, 82 to 75, moving to 7-2 on the season, while Bernal improved to 4-4 on the year in Equitation on the Flat with a win over Caitlin Marshall, 76 to 75.

In the Equitation over Fences competition, the Aggies fell 2-3 but not before Brianna Raab earned an MVP honor with a win over Lisa Wells, 85 to 84. Raab is now 5-4 on the year. Keyes earned her second win of the day by defeating Chelsea Stone, 80 to 77. Keyes improved her Equitation over Fences record to 2-2 on the season.

On the Western side, the Reining team won 3-2, while the Horsemanship team won 3-1. In Reining, Rachael Krause earned MVP honors with a win over Chawna McClurg, 72.5 to 69, improving to 5-4 on the year and grabbing her second MVP honor of the season. Rebecca McReynolds beat Elizabeth Thomasian, 69 to 59, while Kate Goodwin won her head-to-head matchup, 69 to 64.5 over Jill Tebbe. McReynolds is now 7-2 on the season in Reining, while Goodwin moved to 4-5 on the year.

Krause continued to have her best show of the year in Horsemanship with another MVP honor, beating Brooke Cranston, 73.5 to 72.5. Krause is now 5-4 on the year in Horsemanship and has captured three MVP awards this season. Codi Binkerd also won for the Aggies, beating Madison Silver, 72 to 71.5, while Chelsea Campbell won her head-to-head competition, 69.5 to 68.5 over Alli Warkentin. Binkerd improves to 6-3 on the year in Horsemanship. Megan Gould would tie her head-to-head matchup with Fresno State’s Sammie Jo Stone, 71 to 71.

The Aggies will be back in action on March 13 as NM State travels to College State, Texas to face Texas A&M, beginning at 9:00 a.m.