BRYAN, Texas - The
No. 4 Texas A&M equestrian team (1-2, 0-2 SEC) hosts 10th-ranked
SMU (3-1) in a hunter seat competition before matching up with No. 8 TCU (2-0) in
Western later in the day on Friday at the Brazos Valley Expo Complex. The
Aggies and Horned Frogs will also compete in a hunter seat exhibition show.
In the first home meet of the 2012-13 season, the action
gets underway at 9 a.m. (CDT) with the equitation over fences competition
between the Aggies and the Mustangs. A&M and SMU then finish their hunt
seat meet with an 11 a.m. match up in equitation on the flat. The Western
competition with TCU will begin at 3 p.m. with horsemanship, followed by
reining at 4:45 p.m. The Aggies and Horned Frogs will also compete in a hunt
seat exhibition with fences at 3 p.m. and flat at 5 p.m.
"SMU and TCU have always been challenging competitions for
us," head coach Tana McKay said. "Both teams are off to a great start this
season and we expect an exciting meet on Friday. It's going to be an all-day
event with hunt seat competing in the morning and western riding in the
afternoon, along with a hunt seat exhibition. Our riders are excited to be back
in the home arena for the first time this season among the best fans in the
The Aggies have dropped their last two meets, at No. 1
Georgia and at then-No. 3 Auburn, but return home with seven of a possible 12
MOP awards after just three meets. Senior Laura Brainard has been distinguished
twice this season in horsemanship.
Two Aggie seniors have perfect records in the last three
meets. Emily Williams is 3-0 in over fences and Emma Myers is undefeated in
reining. Both riders have one MOP award.
A&M leads the all-time series with SMU, 5-2, and edges
TCU in competition history, 8-1. The Aggies and Mustangs last met in a 2012 hunt
seat show that ended with a 6-4 SMU home victory. A&M has defeated TCU in
the last four meets, the most recent being a 5-3 A&M win at the BVEC in
The hunt seat-only Mustangs are 3-1 on the season after
defeating Delaware State, Kansas State and Tennessee-Martin. SMU's most recent
competition was a 4-6 loss at TCU.
The Horned Frogs are a perfect 2-0 this year, edging New
Mexico, 12-6, and taking a 6-4 hunt seat win over SMU. The team makes its first
road trip this weekend.
Scoring updates throughout the show will be provided through
the team's official twitter feed at twitter.com/AggieEquestrian and will also
be available on aggieathletics.com.
The Brazos County Expo Complex is located at 3827 Leonard
Road in Bryan.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9 a.m. A&M vs. SMU Equitation Over Fences South Arena
11 a.m. A&M
vs. SMU Equitation on the Flat North Arena
3:05 p.m. A&M
vs. TCU Equitation Over Fences (Exh.) South Arena
3:05 p.m. A&M vs. TCU Horsemanship North Arena
4:45 p.m. A&M vs. TCU Reining South
5:00 p.m. A&M
vs. TCU Equitation on the Flat (Exh.) Warm Up Arena