Martin, Tenn. - The New Mexico State Equestrian team opened its 2012 spring schedule this past weekend against Tennessee-Martin and Kansas State at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion in Martin, Tenn. The Aggies defeated Tennessee-Martin, 10-8 and dropped a tough match-up to Kansas State, 14-6.
NM State moves to 6-4 overall on the season.
"I think this weekend was a good competition on both the Hunter Seat and Western," head coach Audrey Buck said. "We had our chances. The Western team is a very young group but I know that we have the talent to beat quality teams. On the Hunter Seat side, I thought we rode very well against Tennessee-Martin but with the long break we just didn't have the time I would have liked to prepare for Kansas State. We know where we are at as a team and what we need to do to going forward."
The Aggies won the Hunter Seat competition, 6-4 and tied in the Western competition 4-4, against Tennessee-Martin (UTM).
In Equitation on the Flat the Aggies took the victory as Laura Bostwick was named MVP with an 82-72 win over her opponent from UTM. Stephanie Gershon, Ruby Jenkins and Hannah Swarthourt all won their respective head-to-head rides. NM State lost the Equitation over Fences, 3-2, as Emily McConnell and Amy Lang each grabbed a point for the Aggies. Lang continues to hold an undefeated record in Equitation over Fences this year at 10-0.
The Western team swept the Horsemanship competition, 3-0-2. Lauren DeVoe, Jessica Woolsey and Chelsea Campbell earned points for the Aggies, while Clarissa Edgerton and Megan Gould tied their opponents from UTM. Andrea Allen was the lone Aggie to earn a point for NM State, in Reining.
The Aggies then faced Kansas State, as the Hunter Seat team fell 6-4 and the Western team struggled, falling 8-2.
Lang extended her streak as she won her ride in Equitation over Fences, while teammate Beth Soloman also won her head-to-head match-up in over Fences. Brianna Raab and Jenkins were victorious in Equitation on the Flat against the Wildcats.
DeVoe won her second ride of the day in Horsemanship, but was the only win for the Aggies. Stefanie Story also recorded the lone point for NM State in Reining.
The Aggies will be back in action Feb. 3 against Baylor in Waco, Texas and then on Feb. 4 versus Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.