Sept. 29, 2017
Equestrian vs. No. 1 Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- South Carolina equestrian was tied 5-5 with No.1 Texas A&M after Equitation over Fences and Horsemanship but a late run in Equitation on the Flat and Reining proved to be the difference as the Aggies walked away with a 12-8 victory Friday in College Station, Texas.
For her efforts in horsemanship, Madison Thiel was named MOP while the Aggies took the remaining three MOP honors.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Boo Major
"I thought for our first road competition to be in College Station and going against the defending NCEA champions, you can never be carried away with not winning, but I thought there was a lot of improvement from the year before. Our girls came in with a lot of confidence. I think they rode very hard. I'm very pleased with our western team, I thought they rode well. Our horsemanship team was very good. Madison Brayman was a big bright spot for us. We had a good day. You always call it a learning experience. I think we were able to learn a lot today."
EQUITATION OVER FENCES RECAP
Carolina started the day with two points in Equitation Over Fences. Madison Brayman, with Sparky, picked up her first point of the day in an 87-81 win over Carolina Dance. Lauren Fabiano and Romeo rode to victory in an 84-70 triumph against Rachael Hake.
Horsemanship followed Fences as the Gamecocks responded in style, taking a 3-2 victory. Megan Overberg and Dede picked up a 76-75 victory over Bailey Cook while Madison Thiel and Lexi earned a 76.5-74.5 win over Ashley Davidson. Carolina's third point came from Paige Stopperich and Fiesty in a 76-68.5 win against Kyra Bouma.
EQUITATION ON THE FLAT RECAP
In Equitation on the Flat, Texas A&M took four of the five points. Brayman, with Doc, picked up her second point of the day in an 86-83 win over Brianna Peddicord.
South Carolina made a valiant comeback effort in the final event of the day, taking two more points in Reining. Paisley Roberts with Sailor earned a hard-fought 72.5-72 win over Darby Gardner to get things started for the Gamecocks. Bridgett White earned Carolina's eighth point of the day with Clarity in a 72-71 win over Courtney Yohey.
Carolina will have a little time off before hitting the road again to take on South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D. on Oct. 13 with action set to begin at 11:00 a.m. ET. Continue to check with gamecocksonline for more information on the Gamecocks.
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