LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State equestrian team held
its lone home event of the 2013 spring season, Saturday at the NM State
Equestrian Center. The Aggies fell to Baylor, 14-5 on the afternoon, while NM
State also honored the team’s four seniors; Hannah Swarthout, Samantha
Stephens, Megan Gould and Laura Bostwick in their final home event.
team fell to Baylor 7-2, scoring one point in Horsemanship and in Reining,
while the Hunter Seat team lost 7-3, as the Equitation over Fences score was
4-1 and the Equitation on the Flat ended at 3-2.
today is not exactly how we hoped to start the spring season, but it does help
us make a plan for the remainder of the season,” head coach Robin
Morris-Walters said. “We need to build on our strengths and improve our weak
areas to handle upcoming competition on the road. I know the hunter seat
riders have really come on strong with the addition of Coach Hensley and our
western squad had a few bobbles that kept us from win points, the head to head
margin of loss was narrow. I think correcting these minor errors will
allow us to finish the season strong.”
defeated Baylor’s Rachel Nankervis, 73.5-69.5 in Horsemanship for the Aggies
lone point, while Marissa Bartmann beat Katherine Berg of Baylor, 70-61.5 in
Reining for NM State single point in the event.
McConnell had a great weekend for the Aggies, winning both her Equitation on
the Flat and Equitation over Fences head-to-head match ups. She defeated
Baylor’s Lindsey Otis 76-71 in the Flat competition, while handling Sue Carol
earned the other point for the Aggies in Equitation on the Flat with a 73-70
win over Kim Woodsum of Baylor.
McConnell will compete at the fourth-annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge as part of
the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., on Feb. 8. As a team, the
Aggies will next travel to Fresno, Calif., to face Fresno State and South
Dakota State, March 1-2.
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