Ag Equestrian Team Wins Battle Of The Brazos

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The Texas A&M equestrian team earned its second win in as many days thanks to a big rebound from its reining group at N.W. ‘Dick’ Freeman Arena on Sunday.

One day after dropping a surprise 3-2 decision to Georgia, A&M’s reining riders responded in full force, sweeping Baylor 6-0 to put a stamp on A&M’s 16-8 overall win.

“I’m really proud of the way our reiners came out ready to ride today,” A&M head coach Tana Rawson said. “They had a tough day yesterday and bounced back just like we knew they were capable of. We have a young but experienced group that let their resiliency show in the ring today.”

Senior Genna Fishgold (Scottsdale, Ariz.) led the way for the second straight day for the reining group, earning her second most valuable rider honor in as many days thanks to a 72.5-70 win over Baylor sophomore Valtie Riddle.

The reining group also got a big shot in the arm from freshman Tara Christiansen (Snohomish, Wash.) who made her Aggie debut on Sunday. Christiansen rode her way to the highest score of the day in a 73.5-72 win over Baylor freshman Katie Buss.

All four reining members of the Aggies’ 2007 national championship team (Tonna Brooks, Maggie Gratny, Amanda Ryan, Maddi Williams) also earned wins against the Bears.

A&M’s horsemanship riders rode to victory, taking a 4-2 win over Baylor. Freshman Randi Standley (Madisonville), one of the Aggies’ standouts against Georgia a day earlier, continued her hot streak by grabbing a 73-70 win over Baylor sophomore Allison Orosz. Senior Christine Sceets (Baytown) earned her first win of the season by taking down Baylor’s Missy Gonzalez, 72-69.5.

Juniors Sibyl Parsons (Combine) and Amanda Ryan (Ramona, Calif.) came back from horsemanship ties against Georgia to put wins on the board against the Bears. Ryan earned her first horsemanship victory this season in a 73.5-71.5 win over Lindsey Tomko while Parsons beat Nicole McCoy, 74-73.

A&M’s hunter seat riders followed up their impressive defeat of Georgia with a tiebreaker win over a tough Baylor squad. After tieing with the Bears at six wins apiece, the Aggies were awarded the win thanks to a 902-878 advantage in the tiebreaker. Both the flat and fences groups rode to 3-3 ties, however both did win their separate tiebreakers as well.

Sophomore Christina Heine (Toledo, Ohio) followed up the first win of her collegiate career on Saturday with her first MVP award on Sunday. Heine topped BU’s Shelby White on the flat, 87-72. Senior Lindsey Lawrence (College Station) ran her seasonal record to 4-0 on the flat with an 82-79 win Baylor’s Beth Banister. Sophomore Brittney Dodson (Amarillo), one of Saturday’s clutch performers, finished off a memorable weekend with an 82-67 win over Cara Wilson to secure the hunter seat win for A&M for the second straight day.

Over fences, sophomore Lindsay Smith (West Friendship, Md.) continued to lead the way for A&M as she ran her seasonal record to 4-0 with an 86-83 win over Beth Banister. Senior Katie Henion (Austin) and sophomore Kristi Waldal (Battle Ground, Wash.) improved on their winning records by adding wins over Baylor’s Analisa Muti and Shelby White, respectively.

With the win, Texas A&M improves to 4-0 overall, while Baylor drops to 0-4. The Aggie hunter seat team also improves to 4-0 while the western team now stands at 3-1.

After hosting five shows in four weeks, the Aggies will get their first weekend off since the start of the season. A&M will return to action on Nov. 2 for a match-up with SMU in Flower Mound.