WACO, Texas - The New Mexico State women's equestrian team ended its season on Thursday at the National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championships in Waco, Texas. Both teams were ousted by their opponents, as the Western team fell to Fresno State 6-2 and the Hunter Seat team lost to Oklahoma State, 7-1.
"As I have said many times I thought we had the talent to really make a good push this year at nationals and go far in both Hunter Seat and Western," head coach Audrey Buck said. "But lots of stuff didn't go our way today. I thought we had some good rides but we made too many mistakes that shouldn't be made at the national competition. I'm extremely proud of our team and how we have fought all season long. We are disappointed in the way our season came to an end but we have great student-athletes on this team and I believe the future is bright for the program."
On the Western side, the Aggies failed to score a point in Reining, falling 4-0, while the Horsemanship team scored two points, tying 2-2. Junior Megan Gould (Albuquerque, N.M.) defeated Fresno State's Allison Warkentin, 136.5-134, as freshman Clarissa Edgerton (Melvin, Mich.) beat Sammie Jo Stone, 145-139, both in the Horsemanship event.
The Hunter Seat team managed just one point on the day in Equitation on the Flat. Junior Hannah Swarthout (Vista, Calif.) defeated Oklahoma State's Samantha Harrison, 141-136. Freshman Ruby Jenkins (Pocatello, Idaho) and junior Stephanie Gershon (Santa Fe, N.M.) fell by a narrow margin, at six and three points respectively.