BRYAN, TX -- The fourth-ranked Texas A&M equestrian team (3-2, 0-2 SEC) hosts Fresno State (RV) Saturday at the Brazos County Expo Complex.
The meet will get underway at 10 a.m. when equitation over fences and horsemanship take to the arenas simultaneously. Equitation on the flat and reining will follow at noon and 12:15, respectively.
The Aggies last hosted SMU in a hunt seat show and TCU in a western meet at the BVEC on Oct. 26. A&M took a win in both meets and improved to 3-2 on the season. Haley Buchmiller (Flat), Shelby Lawson (Fences), Laura Brainard (Horsemanship) and Ashley Skold (Reining) helped the Aggies to a sweep of the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) awards on the day. A&M now owns 11 of a possible 16 MOP awards after five meets.
Senior Emily Williams, the only Southeastern Conference rider in any discipline with a perfect 4-0 record, took the first-ever SEC Over Fences Rider of the Month honor last week. Three of her four victories were against top-10 teams, including an MOP ride at No. 1 Georgia.
The Aggies and Bulldogs have met eight times in the varsity equestrian format, with A&M taking every show for an 8-0 overall record. The last show between the two teams was in the NCEA National Championship in Waco when A&M rode to a 6-2 first-round hunt seat victory and an 8-0 western quarterfinal win in Waco.
The Bulldogs have not competed yet this season, but face off with SMU today before traveling to Baylor for a Friday meet. Collins Daye leads Fresno State in her first year as head coach with the team.
Up next, the Aggies will travel to the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge in Oklahoma City on Nov. 14.
Scoring updates throughout the meet will be provided through the team’s official Twitter feed at @AggieEquestrian, and will also be available on AggieAthletics.com.
The Brazos County Expo Complex is located at 3827 Leonard Rd. in Bryan.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (Approximate)
10 a.m. Equitation over fences South arena
10 a.m. Horsemanship North arena
12 p.m. Equitation on the flat North arena
12:15 p.m. Reining South arena