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Gamecocks Continue Regular Season at SMU
Feb. 2, 2018

Meet #6 - Equestrian at SMU

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina equestrian team resumes its regular-season campaign Saturday against SMU. The matchup begins at 9:30 a.m. CT at the Dallas Equestrian Center in Dallas, Texas.

Fans are encouraged to note that Saturday’s meet will begin an hour earlier than previous scheduled. Live results for the day are available here.


• Carolina won exhibition contests against Converse (9-0, hunt seat) and Ohio State (7-1, western) Jan. 27 at One Wood Farm.
• The Gamecocks won all four MOP awards on the day. In equitation on the flat, Lizzie van der Walde earned the honor, and Chloe Schmidt was the fences MOP.
• On the western side, the Gamecocks conceded just one point on the day. Caroline Gute was the horsemanship MOP, and the reining MOP went to McKenzie Duncan.
• The meet did not count toward Carolina’s overall record.


• South Carolina knocked off the Mustangs, 14-5, on March 4, 2017.
• Three Gamecocks earned MOP honors in the contest, as Madison Butehorn (equitation over fences), Lauren Fabiano (equitation on the flat) and Bailey Mierzejewski (horsemanship) all grabbed top honors.
• The meet was Carolina’s last home contest of 2016-17.


• SMU enters the meet 5-0, with a 2-0 United Equestrian Conference record. They are ranked No. 2 in the latest NCEA national poll.
• The Mustangs are 3-0 at home this season, with all three victories coming against teams in the NCEA top-seven.
• SMU won its last meet, 8-7, on Nov. 10, 2017 against UT-Martin. Kara Vickery (horsemanship) was the team’s lone MOP winner on the day.


• The Gamecocks hold a 7-3 all-time lead in the series between the teams.
• That includes a 5-3 record in meets away from One Wood Farm.
• Carolina’s last trip to Dallas was an 11-9 loss on Nov. 7, 2015. Current Gamecocks Lizzie van der Walden (equitation over fences) and Bridgett White (reining) were victorious in the matchup.


• South Carolina enters the second half of the season 1-4 (0-3 SEC).
• The Gamecocks earned a 13-7 victory over Oklahoma State on Oct. 27 for their lone victory of the season so far.
Lauren Fabiano has been Carolina’s top performer to date, with a 5-0 equitation over fences record that includes three MOP honors.
• Fabiano was named SEC Rider of the Month in November for her jumping efforts, while Kate Eagleton earned the NCEA’s Standout Rider of the Month award in November.
Madison Brayman is 4-1 in both equitation over fences and equitation on the flat.
• On the western side, Bridgett White and Bailey Walters each lead the way with three reining wins.


• The 2017-18 season marks the 22nd year of the Gamecock equestrian program, as well as head coach Boo Major’s 21st season at the helm.
• The Gamecocks have won three national championships (2005, 2007, 2015).
• South Carolina has two runner-up finishes (2006, 2014).
• The Gamecocks have won two SEC Conference championships (2013, 2014).
• Carolina won the 2012 Southern Equestrian Championship, the precursor to the SEC Championship, which was added for the 2012-13 season


• The 2017-18 campaign will be the 21st season for head coach Boo Major, as Major celebrated the milestone mark of 20 years last year.
• In those 20 years at the helm, Major has piled up three NCEA National Championships, two SEC Championships and two National Coach of the Year awards (2014, 2015).
• Associate head coach Ruth Sorrel is in her 13th year with the Gamecocks as the leader of Carolina’s western team.
• South Carolina welcomes home Kristen Terebesi this season, as the former Gamecock equestrian standout returns to lead the hunt seat squad.


Carolina returns home and continues SEC play Saturday, Feb., 10, when it hosts Texas A&M. The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.




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