NCEA Weekend Wrap-Up for October 3-4

See how your favorite National Collegiate Equestrian Association teams faired in last weekend’s match-ups.

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The weekend of October 3-4 saw three match-ups of National Collegiate Equestrian Association teams. Learn more about NCEA at www.collegiateequestrian.com.

No. 1 Georgia topped No. 5 South Carolina 11-9 in season opener

The No. 1 Georgia equestrian team edged No. 5 South Carolina 11-9 October 3 at OneWood Farm in Blythewood, South Carolina. The teams traded points throughout the competition, but Georgia's horsemanship squad was able to seal the win in the anchor position for the Bulldogs. With the win, Georgia moves to 1-0 on the season and in Southeastern Conference play. South Carolina drops to 0-2, including a 0-1 record in the SEC.

"It was a tough competition as we expected it would be," said Georgia head coach Meghan Boenig. "There were a lot of strong rides today with very few errors. We also had a lot of new faces going into the arena for the first time, and I was very impressed with their performances. This team showed that they have been practicing hard and were prepared for today. It's a great first meet and I'm excited for the rest of the season."

Read the full wrap-up from Georgia equestrian. 

No. 7 TCU downs Delaware State

No. 7 TCU opened its season October 3 with a dominating 12-3 victory over Delaware State at the Gambler's Choice Equestrian Center in Dover, Delaware. 

During the meet, the Horned Frogs captured three out of the four MOP accolades, while posting a 6-1 decision in the western discipline. Not to be outdone, the hunt seat squad upended the Hornets by a final score of 6-2.

"Today showed where we are at as a team," said Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield. "We are pleased with the progress made during the last five weeks of practice. This is a great foundation for the rest of the season and we are looking forward to building on this between now and Baylor."

Read the full wrap-up from TCU equestrian. 

Unranked SMU upsets No. 8 Texas A&M

The SMU equestrian team upset No. 8 Texas A&M 13-7 in SMU’s home opener October 4 at the Sleepy P Ranch in Bartonville, Texas. The Mustangs (2-2) took hunt seat, 6-4, and western, 7-3, to stun the in-state rival Aggies (1-1).  In total raw points, SMU held a 1403-1373.5 edge over the Aggies.

“This was a huge win for us,” said first-year head coach Carol Gwin. “We did very well in both hunt seat and western. There were a few mistakes but we were good enough to beat a talented Texas A&M squad. I’m really excited for the team and how hard they worked for this win.”

Read the full wrap-up from SMU equestrian.