LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The No. 8 ranked New Mexico State equestrian team defeated No. 2 Auburn Friday morning at NM State Equestrian Center, 8-7. The Aggies took the Western competition 5-3, while falling just short in Hunter Seat, 4-3.
"This was an very good win for our team," head coach Audrey Buck said. "I thought we rode extremely well across the entire team. I'm very proud of our effort today and hopefully we can continue this tomorrow against Fresno State."
The Aggies are now 8-6 on the season, while Auburn goes to 6-4 on the year. NM State had an MVP on both the Hunter Seat and Western sides.
Hannah Swarthout got the Aggies started on the day with an MVP win over Anna Becker of Auburn, 82-72 in Equitation on the Flat. It's Swarthout's first MVP honor of the season and the only point NM State had in Equitation on the Flat. Ruby Jenkins tied Grace Socha, 76 all, as Auburn took Equitation on the Flat, 2-1.
NM State tied Auburn, 2-2 in Equitation over Fences, as Elizabeth Solomon defeated Jennifer Waxman, 80-77, while Emily McConnell beat Christina Lin, 81-75.
The Western team led the Aggies on Friday, winning the Horsemanship competition, 3-1 and tying in the Reining 2-2. Megan Gould was named MVP in Horsemanship with a 74.5-73 win over Kristin Hansen. Chelsea Campbell was victorious over Danielle Long, 75-74, while Clarissa Edgerton edged out Katsy Leeman, 72.5-72.
Campbell collected her second win of the day in Reining beating Stephanie Rucci, 69.5-69. Marissa Bartmann grabbed the second point for NM State in Reining with a win over Cheyenne Cracraft, 68.5-66.
The Aggies will be back on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. to face Fresno State at the NM State Equestrian Center.