Columbia, S.C. - The New Mexico State equestrian team competed against South Carolina this weekend, coming up just short, falling 10-6 to the Lady Gamecocks. Despite the overall score the Aggies were just 10.5 points behind South Carolina in the raw scoring.
The Hunter Seat team would tie South Carolina 4-4, while the Western team fell 6-2.
"We were very happy with the way our girls rode this weekend," head coach Audrey van Eman said. "The judges were great and it was a very well run event. It could have gone either way."
Chelsae Keyes led the Aggies in the Hunter Seat side with MVP honors, in both, Equitation over Fences and Equitation on the Flat. Keyes defeated Morgan Hale, 79-77, in Equitation over Fences, while beating Carolyn Curcio, 74-73 in Equitation on the Flat. In the Flat competition, Emily McConnell beat Paige Dekko, 69-68 for the Aggies other point. In the over Fences event, Amy Lang handled Alex Arute, 83-76 to round off the Aggie points.
"Keyes had a difficult draw in both over Fences and on the Flat," van Eman said. "I thought in both rides she stepped up and rose to the challenge. I'm very happy for her."
The Western team was led by Krya Cruse and Chelsea Campbell. Cruse earned the only point for the Aggies in Horsemanship by beating Kelsey Stangebye, 72-69.5. Campbell would defeat Melia Blakely, 71.5-68.5 in Reining for the Aggies single point of the event.
The Aggies will be back in action on Saturday, March 26, as they take on Tennessee-Martin at the NM State Equestrian Center.