Courtney Line was one of two Mustangs to earn MOP honors on Saturday
Nov. 23, 2013
WILMER, Texas - Junior western rider Courtney Line and freshman hunter seat rider Charlotte Jacobs both turned in their first MOP honors in 2013-14, but the No. 10 SMU equestrian team dropped its first home competition of the season, a 15-3 (1530-1480.5) decision against No. 3 Auburn on Saturday at BuckBranch Farm.
"Auburn is a top team, and they are ranked as a top team for a reason. I thought they showed that today," head coach Natalie Burton said. "We had a rough day out there today. I thought we didn't ride that great over fences, a bunch of one or two-point differences that we could have won if we were just a little more on our game. It just goes to show how a young team, like we have, just needs to mature a little bit more to handle the adversity, like the weather, the end of the semester or whatever it may be. We'll get there."
Jacobs earned the Mustangs first point of the afternoon, an 88-85 victory over the Tigers' Elizabeth Benson in the leadoff spot of the flat lineup. Freshman Addie Audette improved her flat record to 2-1 in her rookie campaign with an 85-80 win.
Line provided the Mustangs' lone western point on Saturday, scoring a meet-high 69 points in reining. Freshman Jaclyn White also earned a 71-71 draw in her horsemanship matchup against Lucy Igoe. Classmate Morgan Redwine also earned a tie, a 64-64 point splitter against Griffin Knight.
SMU will have the remainder of the winter off, before resuming the 2013-14 campaign at the WEF Invitational in Wellington, Fla., on Feb. 7.
"We're going to look to tweak a few things over the winter that we generally do during the season," Burton said. "We'll add a lot more team building into our daily routine, and look to start building towards nationals. The regular season, in the end, isn't what we're looking forward to, it's the postseason. We have some work to do to get better, before we get to April."