BRYAN, Texas - The No. 4 Texas A&M equestrian team (2-2, 0-2 SEC) unseated 10th-ranked SMU (3-2), 9-3, in a hunter seat competition Friday at the Brazos Valley Expo Center.
"I'm really proud of our riders," Aggie Head Hunter Seat Coach Linzy Woolf said. "The team was solid and rode well, and everything came together out there. We're taking the season one meet at a time and today's victory showed our progress and diligence."
The Aggies swept the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) awards as sophomore Haley Buchmiller was honored in equitation on the flat and junior Shelby Lawson took the award in equitation over fences.
The competition started with fences, where the SMU took an early 1-0 lead. The Aggies responded with a pair of wins by senior Kori Pickett and sophomore Leah Chenelle before Lawson had her MOP ride. The junior's 90-point score is a season high in fences. With A&M in a 3-2 lead, senior Emily Williams, who is now 4-0 on the season, gave the Aggies the push they needed for the 4-2 fences win.
Wins by freshman Hannah Williams, Buchmiller and Emily Williams in flat secured the overall hunt seat victory as the Aggies took a 7-3 lead in the meet. Junior Ellie Wilkins took a two-point edge on her opponent to ensure the victory in flat before junior Paige Russell earned a win to give A&M a final 5-1 win in flat and a 9-3 victory over the Mustangs overall.
The Aggies will challenge No. 8 TCU this afternoon in a western meet. The teams will also face off in a hunt seat exhibition show at the same time.
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TEXAS A&M 9, SMU
Brazos Valley Expo Center
Records: A&M (2-2, 0-2 SEC), SMU (3-2)
Equitation over Fences: A&M 4, SMU 2
Alex Butterworth, SMU def. Marlena Parker, A&M, 89.0-75.0
Kori Pickett, A&M def. Schaefer Raposa, SMU, 86.0-69.0
Leah Chenelle, A&M def. Paulena Johnson, SMU 85.0-77.0
Shelby Lawson (MOP), A&M def. Emma Roberts, SMU 90.0-88.0
Courtney Line, SMU def. Kat Barkema, A&M, 83.0-72.0
Emily Williams, A&M def. Julianna Fischer, SMU, 67.0-65.0
Equitation on the Flat: A&M 5, SMU 1
Hannah Williams, A&M def. Julianna Fischer, SMU, 83.0-78.0
Schaefer Raposa, SMU def. Kelsi Shevlin, A&M, 75.0-72.0
Haley Buchmiller (MOP), A&M def. Emma Roberts, SMU, 77.0-72.0
Emily Williams, A&M def. Rachel Reid, SMU, 77.0-70.0
Ellie Wilkins, A&M def. Paulena Johnson, SMU, 66.0-64.0
Paige Russell, A&M def. Alex Butterworth, SMU, 75.0-68.0