LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's equestrian team fell to No. 1 Georgia in the first of a two-day event at the NM State Equestrian Center on Friday, 11-5. The Aggies' Western team tied the Bulldogs 4-4 but won on the overall points tie breaker, while the Hunter Seat team fell 7-1.
"Unfortunately, today we did not come out with a win," head coach Audrey Van Eman said. "Our horsemanship team was as solid as they could be, but I really hoped for more success from our other divisions. Overall, I felt that we could have been a bit more focused and secured a win against Georgia. The preparation putting on the show took quite a bit of time and hard work for this team. I believe that tomorrow will be a much more relaxed format for our ladies and that we will show at our best."
On the Western side, the Horsemanship team won 3-1, while the Reining team fell 3-1, putting the Western competition in a tie. The tiebreaker with broken by the overall score which favored NM State 567.5 to 563.5.
In Horsemanship, Pamela Evans defeated Dana Wilson, 70.5-67.5, while Kyra Cruse handled Katelyn Van Allen 73.5-70. Megan Gould would add the final point for the Aggies with a 74.5-72 win over Michelle Fulcher, while also earning the MVP honor.
The Reining team was led by Kate Goodwin, who collected the only point for the Aggies by defeating Kelly Truesdell, 69.5-67.
The Hunter Seat team would struggle against the No. 1 team in the nation, falling 4-0 in Equitation on the Flat and 3-1 in Equitation over Fences. Emily McConnell collected the only win for the Aggies in the Hunter Seat competition with an 82-77 defeat of Olivia Dorey in Equitation over Fences. Despite losing her head-to-head match up, Laura Bostwick was named MVP in Equitation on the Flat.
The Aggies will be back in action tomorrow for the final day of the two-day competition at 9:00 a.m. as they face Fresno State.