MANHATTAN, KS -- The Texas A&M equestrian team dropped an 11-5 decision to host Kansas State in the consolation final of the Central Championships at Fox Creek Farm on Sunday.
Oklahoma State (11-4) won its’ first-ever Central Championship team title after finishing second to the Aggies (9-4) a year ago. The Cowgirls defeated Baylor (8-11) for the team championship by a score of 10-6 while the Wildcats (7-7) finished third for the second straight season.
One of the bright spots for A&M on Sunday came in the horsemanship division. Sophomore Caroline Gunn (Greensburg, Ind.) earned most valuable rider honors after turning in the highest horsemanship score of any rider on any team all weekend long. Gunn defeated Kansas State’s Jana Lechtenberg, 79.5-77, for her fourth MVP honor of the season. Gunn was so dominant in her forte’ that she turned in two of the three highest scores out of the 32 total horsemanship rides by all four teams for the weekend.
Senior Christine Sceets (Baytown) earned her fourth horsemanship victory of the season, allowing the Aggies to take a split with the KSU in the discipline.
Senior Lindsey Lawrence (College Station) completed a perfect weekend for herself by claiming a 72-67 victory over Kansas State’s Jenny Giraldin in equitation on the flat.
Junior Genna Fishgold (Scottsdale, Ariz.) also won her second match in as many days, scoring a 69.5-69 reining win over KSU’s Alyssa Freeman.
Junior Erin Ivy (Cypress) put to rest a four-match winless drought over fences by grabbing an 81-79 victory over Wildcat Kendall Marvin.
With the defeats, the Aggie hunter squad falls to 9-3 on the season while the western squad drops to 8-4.
The Aggies will try to get back on the winning track on Friday as they travel to Fort Worth to take on TCU in their final show of the regular season.
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