WACO, Texas — Madison Day of Brick, N.J. earned Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors as No. 5 Baylor equestrian (7-3, 3-1 Big 12) locked up the No. 1 seed for the Big 12 Championship meet.
In the weekend’s National Collegiate Equestrian Association action, Baylor earned an 11-7 road win over No. 8 TCU (5-6, 1-3) on March 2 at Turning Point Ranch in Springtown, Texas.
BU locked up a 5-0 win in flat and secured the win behind Day's score of 88. Shannon Hogue, of West Chester, Pa. scored an 85 on Caprilli to earn a point for Baylor.
BU secured the top seed in the Big 12 postseason for the fourth time in five years (2015, '16, '17, '19) and first time under second-year head coach Casie Maxwell.
The Delaware State University Equestrian team closed out its final home meet of the season with a big conference win over South Dakota State 10-9. The Hornets victory came on “Senior Day” and was accompanied by three Most Outstanding Performer awards.
The Hornets started strong with several dominating performances, splitting the Horsemanship 2-2. Senior Samantha Elliott of Sparta N.J. and sophomore Kelsey McArthur both received scores of 75.5, the highest scores for the event.
In reining, junior Shelbe Jarrett of New Alexandria, Pa. took home a point for the Hornets as they went on to win that event, 3-2.
The seventh-ranked University of Georgia equestrian team clinched all events to defeat No. 4 University of South Carolina, 13-7, on March 2 at the UGA Equestrian Complex.
"I think what we really needed to do was continue to execute," Georgia head coach Meghan Boenig said. "We have been so happy with the growth and the progress that all of our riders have seen. We knew we could do us and South Carolina was not going to be an issue as long as we focused on that. It was great to be able to add an amount of special to that we our MOP awards and honoring our seniors."
Emma Mandarino of Bedminster, N.J. earned her first MOP honor this season for a score of 87 in Equitation Over Fences. She was one of 12 seniors on Georgia's roster honored for their contributions to the team following competition.
Mandarino also added the final point for the Bulldogs defeating her opponent, 87- 83 in the flat class.
"The past four years have been such a dream, and to end at home on this high note," said Mandarino. "The team is working so hard this year to make improvements and get better each day. We really showed that today."
The sixth-ranked Oklahoma State equestrian team defeated Delaware State, 10-5, on March 1 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.
The win was OSU's (5-5) third in a row and first road win of the season.
After a two hour weather delay, the meet started with Equitation Over Fences. OSU split the event, 2-2. Sydnie Ziegler of Quakertown, Pa. recorded a point for the Cowgirls.
Ziegler collected her second point of the day with an 83-71 victory on the flat, tying her season-high in the process.
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