Oct. 5, 2013
DOVER, Del. (SMU) - The No. 9 SMU equestrian team fell to No. 3 South Carolina by a count of 12-4 on Saturday morning, before its 9-6 defeat to Delaware State in the second half of a doubleheader on Saturday at Gamblers Choice Equestrian Center.
"As much as I hate the phrase `it's a learning experience,' it really was that for our group today," interim head coach Natalie Burton said. "We have a very young team, and it was really an eye-opener to go on the road and see what that's like. This team will learn how to compete against that type of adversity as the season progresses."
Junior Paulena Johnson took the Mustangs only flat point in the second competition on Saturday, defeating Hayley Jeske 72-58. Sophomore Schaefer Raposa and freshman Sylvia de Toledo picked up points in equitation over fences, but the hunter seat squad fell to Delaware State by a count of 4-3.
Freshman Hannah McCain won horsemanship MVP honors in her 70-66.5 victory, and an additional point from classmate Morgan Redwine gave the horsemanship squad a 2-2 split. The horsemanship squad is 2-1-1 in its first season. McCain won both events in the second competition on Saturday, taking the Mustangs lone reining point by a count of 60.5-50.
SMU will next take on Texas A&M on Friday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. CT in College Station.