March 1, 2018
Meets #10 & 11- Equestrian vs. Delaware State and Baylor
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina equestrian team competes in its final regular-season road meets of the 2017-18 season this Friday when the Gamecocks face Delaware State and No. 7 Baylor. The meets will run concurrently, beginning at 10 a.m. ET at the Dovington Training Center in Felton, Del.
Live results will not be available for Friday's competitions; however, the Gamecocks will tweet live scores from their official Twitter account, @GamecockEQ.
Friday's competitions will feature another NCEA top-10 battle. The Gamecocks are ranked 10th in the latest national poll, while Baylor is listed seventh.
LAST TIME OUT
South Carolina fell to No. 2 Auburn, 12-7, in its final regular-season SEC meet of the year on Feb. 24.
Despite the loss, the Gamecocks took home three of the four MOP honors. Chloe Schmidt (equitation on the flat), Lauren Fabiano (equitation over fences) and Caroline Gute (reining) were each awarded ride of the day laurels.
Gute and Schmidt each won two points on the day. Gute won in reining and earned her first-career horsemanship point, while Schmidt defeated her opponent in both equitation over fences and equitation on the flat.
LAST TIME vs. BAYLOR
South Carolina and Baylor last faced off in the 2016-17 season-opener, a 12-6 Gamecock victory on Sept. 23, 2016.
Current Gamecocks Madison Butehorn (equitation over fences) and Madison Thiel (reining) earned MOP laurels in the victory.
Carolina had its most success in jumping, where they won all five points.
Active Gamecocks Lauren Fabiano (flat), Madison Sellman (fences), Lizzie van der Walde (fences), Chloe Schmidt (fences), Megan Overberg (horsemanship), Paisley Roberts (reining) and Bailey Walters (reining) also earned points in the last meet against Baylor.
LAST TIME vs. DELAWARE STATE
The Gamecocks last faced the Hornets Feb. 4, 2017, a 14-6 win in a neutral-site competition at Georgia.
Three Gamecocks were MOP winners in the victory: Lauren Fabiano (equitation on the flat), Lizzie van der Walde (equitation over fences) and Madison Thiel (horsemanship)
The Gamecocks earned four points in both flat and horsemanship in the victory.
Lizzie van der Walde was victorious in both hunt seat events the last time Carolina faced Delaware State.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Baylor enters the meet 4-4, with a 2-1 Big 12 Conference record. The Bears are ranked seventh in this week's NCEA poll.
The Bears last competed Feb. 24, a 14-4 loss to Texas A&M.
The loss to Texas A&M snapped a three-meet winning streak that included two victories over TCU plus a win over Auburn and a hunt seat exhibition win over Texas.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS
Delaware State is 0-7, with an 0-4 United Equestrian Conference record.
The Hornets fell in their last meet, 9-7, Feb. 10 against South Dakota State.
Despite the loss, the Hornets brought home MOP awards from Rachel Dantley (equitation over fences), Erin Gordon (equitation on the flat) and Shelbe Jarrett (reining).
HISTORY VS. BAYLOR
South Carolina is 8-6 all-time against the Bears, including a 5-0 record at One Wood Farm.
Carolina knocked the Bears off in the 2015 NCEA Championship semifinals, 10-6, on April 18, 2015. The Gamecocks went on to win the national title later in the day.
Paisley Roberts is the lone Gamecocks left on the roster who earned a point in the 2015 NCEA Championship victory against the Bears.
HISTORY VS. DELAWARE STATE
The Gamecocks are 10-2 all-time in their meetings with the Hornets, having faced DSU every season since 2007-08.
Carolina has won eight of the last 10 meets against DSU.
The Gamecocks last journeyed to Delaware on March 4, 2016, a 10-6 loss.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
The Gamecocks enter the weekend 2-7 (0-6 SEC). They are ranked 10th in this week's NCEA national poll.
Lauren Fabiano shares Carolina's team lead with six equitation over fences wins, including four MOP awards.
Madison Brayman also owns six jumping victories, and she holds the team lead with five flat wins.
Megan Overberg (horsemanship) and Bailey Walters (reining) each have a team-best five western wins.
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.
Horsemanship standout Reggie was named NCEA Horse of the Month for January. A member of the Carolina squad since 2012, Reggie has competed at both the SEC and NCEA Championships and has been an NCEA top-10 horse each season since 2012-13.
GAMECOCK PROGRAM HISTORY
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
MEET THE COACHES
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.
The regular season ends Friday, March 9, when the Gamecocks host Fresno State. It's Senior Day at One Wood Farm, with the first ride scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.