NCEA Scoreboard: January 29-31

Catch results from the January 29-31 match-ups of National Collegiate Equestrian Association teams.

Compiled by The American Quarter Horse Journal

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January 29 – Baylor vs. New Mexico State

The No. 1 Baylor University women's equestrian team (9-0, 3-0) defeated No. 10 New Mexico State University (3-4, 0-2) in convincing fashion 13-3, Thursday afternoon at the Willis Family Equestrian Center in Waco, Texas, to open the spring portion of the schedule.

“We are still ranked No. 1 and I believe we will keep that ranking because this was a sounding defeat that we delivered," Baylor head coach Ellen White said. "It’s a strong group. We’re really strong in all the disciplines, so if we come against another team that’s really strong in hunt seat, our western can save us, and vice versa. So we’re really well-rounded and that makes us a force to contend with. Is this a national championship team? I truly believe we have the talent to make that happen. We put in some freshmen today and I love how they stepped up." 

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January 30 – Georgia vs. UT-Martin, Georgia vs. Kansas State

The University of Georgia equestrian team picked up two wins after defeating University of Tennessee-Martin (13-3) and Kansas State University (14-4) Friday afternoon at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion in Martin, Tennessee. With the wins, Georgia moves to 4-3 on the season.
 
“This was a very successful day for us,” said head coach Meghan Boenig. “We were able to take seven of the eight MVPs which says a lot about how well our riders performed. There were several high scores and we rode with consistency throughout the day. We wanted to approach today with a national championship mentality and I think we did that. We have a long ways to go, but it is definitely a step towards where we want to be. We also want to thank UT-Martin for being great hosts.”

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January 30 – Texas A&M vs. Delaware State

The No. 8 Texas A&M University equestrian team opened 2015 with a 13-2 victory over Delaware State University, the first meet of a weekend doubleheader..
 
The Aggies defeated the Hornets in all four disciplines, taking home the MVP honors in each event. Audrey Gallagher and Marlena Parker won the honors on the hunter seat side while Avery Ellis and Ashley Dotson each picked up their first MVP award of the year in the western arena.

January 30 – Auburn vs. SMU

The No. 4 Auburn University equestrian team defeated the fifth-ranked SMU Mustangs, 14-6, on Friday at the Auburn University Horse Center. With the win, the Tigers move to 4-3 on the season.

“It was a good win. This was a measuring stick after coming back from the break to see where we are,” head coach Greg Williams said. “For the most part, we just made some tweaks. There are some things we need to elevate. SMU is such a good Hunt Seat team. They are so strong, and our girls turned it on. Those were such huge scores and our rides were matching it. I think they knew coming in that SMU was a really strong Hunt Seat team, and they rose up to that. They rode with the intent to win.”

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January 31 – South Carolina vs. SMU

No. 3 South Carolina won its fifth straight meet of the season on Saturday, cruising to a 13-2 win over fifth-ranked SMU at One Wood Farm. The Gamecocks improve to 5-2 on the season, while the Mustangs fall to 4-5.

"This was a team win across the board and I'm proud of them all," South Carolina head coach Boo Major said. "In our first meet at home in three months, I thought we looked sharp in all four events and really got after it today. We had two first time MVPs today which was outstanding, and I'm pleased with how everyone pitched in today and helped us get this win."

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January 31 – UT-Martin vs. Kansas State

The University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian team posted a huge victory over No. 6 Kansas State on Saturday, defeating the visiting Wildcats by a 11-9 margin. Less than 24 hours before, the Skyhawks gave a valiant effort before coming up just short against No. 9 Georgia, falling 13-6. The Skyhawks were able to take down Kansas State thanks in large part to a dominant effort in Hunter Seat.

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January 31 – Texas A&M vs. New Mexico State

The No. 8 Texas A&M equestrian team completed their weekend sweep with a 12-3 victory over No. 10 New Mexico State Saturday.
 
The Texas A&M Aggies defeated NMSU in three of four disciplines, taking home the MVP honors in each event. 

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