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Collegiate Riding: Locals help DSU Win; Carolina's Stopperich Shines

Paige Stopperich competes in horsemanship for the University of South Carolina equestrian team. Credits: University of South Carolina Equestrian

FELTON, Del. — Several teams converged at Delaware State University’s Dovington Training Center to for the Delaware State Tournament.

The host Delaware State equestrian team posted a signature win on March 1, topping No. 7 Baylor 8-6 with the help of local riders.

The Hornets won the Western competition 4-2, while the teams rode to a 4-4 tie in the Hunt Seat rides.

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The victory is Delaware State’s first against a nationally ranked opponent since wins over No. 7 SMU, No. 8 New Mexico and No. 9 South Carolina during the 2015-16 season.

DSU’s Emily Nelson, a senior from Glenville, Pa. was Most Outstanding Performer on the Flat vs. Baylor. Nelson, riding “Mick,” led all competitors with a near perfect score of 96.

Monica Ellis, a senior from Collegville, Pa., riding “Lyle,” led the Hornets with a score of 68 in the Reining competition.

On March 2, the 10th-ranked University of South Carolina equestrian team split a pair of meets, defeating Delaware State, 6-4, and losing to No. 7 Baylor, 7-5.

Both meets were contested in freezing-cold temperatures with fierce winds blowing throughout the day. Because of the conditions, equitation over fences was canceled for the day.

Against DSU Paige Stopperich of Pittsburgh, Pa. rode Mick to a 70-68 win in horsemanship. She earned MOP honors for her efforts.

In the South Carolina-Baylor meet, both teams were aware that equitation over fences had been canceled when they began horsemanship, meaning the match would be decided in the western arena. The Bears won three of the four points, clinching the victory, 7-5. Carolina's lone tally came from Stopperich, who knocked off Charlotte Green, 70-69.5, on Mick.

No. 2 Auburn Handles No. 5 SMU With 14-3 Victory

AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 2 Auburn equestrian team won its fifth straight, putting together a dominating 14-3 victory over No. 5 SMU on March 3 at the Auburn University Equestrian Center. The win was the team’s fourth over a Top 5 opponent in the last five meets and pushed the Tigers to 8-3 overall.

The Western corps had another outstanding showing for Auburn and did not give up a point the whole day, coming away with a 7-0 mark.

The Tigers kicked things off on Horsemanship and bested the Mustangs, 4-0. Sophomore Kara Kaufmann of Belvidere, N.J., led off with a solid 75.5 for her ride, topping Kara Vickery’s 73.

Rankings Remain The Same

WACO, Texas— The National Collegiate Equestrian Association announced its latest Farnam Team Rankings for collegiate equestrian on March 6, as determined by the NCEA Selection Committee.

There have been no changes to the previous week’s Farnam Team Rankings. The Georgia Bulldogs claim the top spot with Auburn coming in at No. 2 after both teams defeated No. 5 SMU last week.

Texas A&M stays at No. 3, Oklahoma State at No. 4, SMU at No. 5, and TCU at No. 6. Baylor remains at No. 7 following a 1-1 week on the road. UT-Martin, South Dakota State, and South Carolina come in at Nos. 8, 9 and 10.

An action packed NCEA weekend is ahead to continue the spring season with six meets scheduled. Fresno State is on the road to face two SEC opponents No. 10 South Carolina and No. 2 Auburn this Friday and Saturday. No. 5 SMU travels to No. 6 TCU and No. 1 Georgia matches up on the road with No. 3 Texas A&M. Two more meets to add to the list with Minnesota-Crookston competing against No. 9 SDSU and West Texas A&M against No. 4 Oklahoma State.

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