Athens, Ga. - The New Mexico State equestrian team wrapped up competition on Sunday at the Bulldog Invitational, hosted by the University of Georgia, in Athens, Ga. The Aggies went 0-2 on the weekend as a team, falling to Georgia and South Dakota State.
"I'm beyond proud of all our rides this weekend," head coach Audrey van Eman said. "I felt like we out rode our competition this weekend despite what the score sheets reflected. All of our girls know they rode very well and we look forward to our next competition and hopefully this time the scores go our way."
NM State came up just short against South Dakota State on the day, falling 9-5, as the Hunter Seat tied 3-3 and the Western team fell 6-2. In Hunter Seat action, Emily McConnell claimed MVP honors in Equitation over Fences with an 89-77 win over Megan Violand. Chelsae Keyes also won her head-to-head matchup in Equitation over Fences with an 81-68 victory over Victoria Pecak. In Equitation on the Flat, Brianna Raab won the only point for the Aggies, defeating Pecak, 71-69. Both Laura Bostwick and Stephan Gershon would tie their respective opponents.
In the western event, the Aggies' Kate Goodwin and Breanne Bertrand both took points for the Reining team as Goodwin defeated Maggie Holzworth, 69-67, and Bertrand beat Helen Lauth, 68.5-65.
Chelsea Campbell and Tara Wilson lost close ones in the Reining competition, by a total of one point between the two head-to-head match ups. In Horsemanship, the Aggies couldn't manage a point but lost three of the four head-to-head match ups by a total of 3.5 points.
The Aggies took on Georgia on the weekend as well, as Kyra Cruse was the lone Aggie to score points on either the Western or the Hunter Seat side for NM State. The Aggies would fall 15-1 to the Bulldogs. Cruse would beat Georgia's Carly Lambros, 68.5-67.
The Aggies are back in action March 11-12 in Manhattan, Kan., as they will face Kansas State and Auburn on the weekend.