Collegiate Riding: NCEA Back In Action; USDF/IDA Quiz Challenge Deadline Is Feb. 28

NCEA teams are back in action and Emma Mandarino, of Bedminster, N.J. help Georgia start off the spring semester with a win. Credits: NCEA

Texas A&M Snaps Two-Meet Losing Streak

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — The No. 4 Texas A&M equestrian team downed No. 6 Fresno State, 12-6, on Feb. 3 in the spring home opener at the Hildebrand Equine Complex to snap a two-meet losing streak.

"It felt good to be at home and get back on a good note with a tough team. They have been tough, and they were tough when we played them in Fresno, so we knew we had our work cut out for us," head coach Tana McKay said. "It was the first meet back for the horses too, so we didn’t exactly know what we would see from them. We saw some more consistency that we didn’t see at TCU across the board.”

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Alex Desiderio, of Chester, N.J. earned the highest scoring ride of the day with a 90, topping Brooke Nelson, 90-89 to help the Aggies win.

No. 1 Bulldogs Down Sweet Briar In Hunt Seat Competition

BISHOP, Ga. – Georgia Bulldog equestrian team overtook Sweet Briar College 9-0 in the Hunt Seat competition on Feb. 3 at the UGA Equestrian Complex.

"I am really impressed with our rides today and where they are going," Georgia head coach Meghan Boenig. "It was great to see everyone coming out and putting down very strong rides, having everything in the 80's is always a good day. That doesn't mean we need to take the foot off the gas at all, we have a great SEC competitor in Auburn coming next weekend, who is going to be very hungry. Where we are and the strength that we are showing is very impressive."

Junior Emma Mandarino, of Bedminster, N.J. completed a Georgia sweep in the fences by edging Makayla Benjamin's 79 with an 80-point outing.

Baylor Equestrian Rallies Late to Defeat Auburn, 9-8

WACO, Texas— No. 8 Baylor equestrian (3-3, 1-1 Big 12) grinded out a 9-8 win over No. 5 Auburn on Feb. 2 afternoon at the Willis Family Equestrian Center, the first meet of the spring schedule for the Bears.

Sparta, N.J.’s Brittney Mirkov’s solid 82 tied her opponent’s score which proved crucial to limit AU’s lead after fences to 3-0 early in the meet.

New Rankings Announced

On Feb. 6, the National Collegiate Equestrian Association announced its latest Farnam Team Rankings for collegiate equestrian, as determined by the NCEA Selection Committee.

The Georgia Bulldogs have claimed the top spot for the eighth consecutive set of Farnam Team Rankings and remains the only team unbeaten this season. The SMU Mustangs drop down to No. 3 this week after a loss to an unranked South Carolina. Texas A&M moves up to No. 2 and Auburn jumps up to No. 4 after going 1-1 on the road. Oklahoma State falls to No. 5 following a home loss to the Auburn Tigers.

TCU moves up to No. 6 after defeating the Fresno State Bulldogs last week. The Baylor Bears jump ahead to No. 7 following a win against the Auburn Tigers at home, and the South Carolina Gamecocks move into the rankings with a major road win against the SMU Mustangs. UT-Martin and Fresno State hold this week’s No. 9 and No. 10 spots. 

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O’Donnell Names Centenary Equine Student of the Semester

By going above and beyond what's expected in horse care, equestrian management, intercollegiate events, community service, and activities associated with Centenary University's Equestrian Center, the school recognized Lindsay O'Donnell as "Centenary Equine Student of the Semester.”

USDF/IDA Quiz Challenge Registration Open

Registration is open for the United States Dressage Federation/Intercollegiate Dressage Association’s Quiz Challenge. The deadline is Feb. 28.

Participants in the Quiz Challenge must be current USDF members. This can be a Participating Membership, a membership through a Group Member Organization (GMO) or an Education Membership.

Go to to join or to renew USDF membership.

Online entry for the quiz challenge can be found at

Entrants will be given further information, by email, regarding how the 2018Quiz Challenge will be administered once their entry has been processed. The first round of the quiz challenge will open on March 12 and close on March 26 at midnight.

The results of Round One will be announced on March 30.

The top five(5) riders from each level will move to the Championship Round being held at the IDA National Championships on Friday April 27 from 1-3 p.m. at Lake Erie College.

The2018 Grand Prize winner will be able to choose between a two-week training intensive at Hilltop Farm.

If you have any questions about the quiz challenge contact the USDF Youth Programs Liaison at (859) 271-2277 or, Ginger Henderson, your IDA quiz challenge coordinator, or Janice Scarbrough, the USDF coordinator.

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