BRYAN, Texas - The No. 4 Texas A&M Equestrian team (3-2, 0-2 SEC) won a western meet with No. 8 TCU (2-1), 5-4, and swept the MOP awards Friday at the Brazos Valley Expo Complex.
"It was really nice to finally show at home," head coach Tana McKay said. "TCU has been a national championship and is always a difficult team to compete with. It was great to come out on top after a challenging meet."
Horsemanship got the Aggies off to a good start with a 4-1 victory. Senior Laura Brainard was distinguished as the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) with a 74.5 ride. This is the third straight MOP award for Brainard, who leads the Aggies with three honors on the season.
Seniors Carey Nowacek and Amanda Brightwell each had the highest horsemanship scores on the day, defeating opponents with a pair of 75.5 tallies. Junior Caroline Ammons also had a win in horsemanship, with a score of 72.5.
In reining, TCU took a 2-0 lead after the first three pairings but a .5-point victory by Ashley Skold narrowed the scoring gap and secured an overall western win for the Aggies with the 5-3 lead. Skold's ride earned the sophomore her first MOP award of the season. TCU took the last ride and won reining, 3-1, but it wasn't enough as A&M earned a 5-4 win over the Horned Frogs.
The Aggies and Horned Frogs also competed in a hunter seat exhibition meet, with A&M edging TCU, 4-1. A&M swept equitation on the flat, 3-0, before the teams tied, 1-1 in equitation over fences. A narrow 151-150 raw score difference gave the Aggies the victory in fences. Freshmen Hannah Williams (fences) and Marlena Parker (flat) were MOPs for A&M in the hunt seat exhibition.
Earlier in the day A&M defeated SMU in a hunt seat competition, 9-3, and swept the MOP awards as junior Shelby Lawson (fences) and sophomore Haley Buchmiller (flat) took honors.
A&M returns to the arena on Saturday, Nov. 10 when the Aggies host Fresno State at the BVEC. To learn more about Texas A&M equestrian, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.
TEXAS A&M 5, TCU 4
Brazos Valley Expo Center
Records: A&M (3-2, 0-2 SEC), TCU (2-1)
Horsemanship: A&M 4, TCU 1
Exh.: Taylor Gillette, TCU def. Molli Jacobs, A&M, 70.0-64.5
Exh.: Shelby Tsuji, TCU def. Alyssa Soechting, A&M 72.5-70.5
Amanda Brightwell, A&M def. Katie Gray, TCU, 75.5-69.5
Laura Brainard, A&M def. Alexie Estrada, TCU, 74.5-72.0
Caroline Ammons, A&M def. Erin Gillette, TCU, 72.5-0
Samantha Bayer, TCU def. Cassie Mantor, A&M, 74-72.5
Carey Nowacek, A&M def. Calli Rouse, TCU, 75.5-73.5
Reining: TCU 3, A&M 1
Exh.: Devin Spencer, TCU def. Hannah Jechow, A&M, 67.5-66.0
Kolby Simonson, TCU def. Emma Myers, A&M, 69.0-67.5
Samantha Bayer, TCU tied Logan Pluhar, A&M, 70.0-70.0
Katie Gray, TCU def. Becca Murray, A&M, 69.0-0
Ashley Skold, A&M def. Alexi Child, TCU, 67.5-67
Chantz Stewart, TCU def. Laura Sumrall, A&M,