Collegiate Riding: S.C. Moves Up in Rankings With Help Of Local Riders

Alex Desiderio rides for the Texas A&M University Equestrian Team. Credits: Provided by Texas A&M Athletics

WACO, Texas – Georgia remains in the No. 1 position in the latest National Collegiate Equestrian Association Farnam team rankings released on  Oct. 31, as determined by the NCEA Selection Committee.

The Bulldogs had a week off from competition with an SEC matchup scheduled this week against No. 8 South Carolina. 

South Carolina moved up to No. 8 after a home win against Oklahoma with local riders contributing.

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Texas A&M, Auburn, and SMU held their top spots in the No. 2, 3 & 4 spots after Texas A&M's home win against TCU. Fresno jumped to the No. 5 spot after Oklahoma State fell on the road, dropping them to No. 6. Baylor and UTM round up the team rankings at numbers 9 and 10.

In action over the weekend of Oct. 29, South Carolina equestrian knocked over No. 5 Oklahoma State in its home opener with a trilling 13-7 victory Friday at One Wood Farm. The win halted a two-meet losing streak for the Gamecocks and kept Carolina perfect at home on the young season.

For their efforts, Paige Stopperich of Pittsburgh, Pa. (Horsemanship) and Lauren Fabiano of Malvern, Pa.(Equitation Over Fences) all took home Most Outstanding Performance (MOP) honors following the win.

“Today felt great,” head coach Boo Major said. “We were so happy to be home, we had a great support group here. To have to wait this long for a home competition was huge. We couldn't have had a more beautiful day. We had some problems, but nothing major. I’m really excited for them to come away with a great win.”

Carolina started the day with two points in horsemanship. Stopperich kicked things off with a 75-74 victory.

Sellman and Fabiano added wins in in Equitation Over Fences to help Carolina take control of the meet.

No. 2 Texas A&M Leaps Past No. 7 TCU, 16-3

The No. 2 Texas A&M equestrian team dropped No. 7 TCU, 16-3, Thursday at the Hildebrand Equine Complex.

“I was really happy with them today. We were really strong in a lot of places. We found some really good consistency across the board, and consistency is the name of the game in this sport,” head coach Tana McKay said. “We are on a great roll, but now it is time to get back to dissecting the videos and cleaning up what we can before Auburn. We just need to make sure we continue to take care of all the little pieces before next Friday.”

The Aggies (5-1) quickly took a 4-1 lead after the day’s first event, Equitation over Fences. Alex Desiderio, of Chester, N.J., dominated her opponent, 85-40.

Desiderio clinched the win for the Aggies with an 88-85 victory in Equitation on the Flat.

The Aggies return to action on Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. with a matchup against No. 3 Auburn at the Hildebrand Equine Complex.

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