Feb. 13, 2014
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The SMU equestrian team will begin its spring campaign with a return a trip to New Mexico State on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT. The Mustangs won the season-opener between the two programs 10-9 (1358-1338.5) on Sept. 26 in Dallas.
"The Spring Season is when it really begins for us," head coach Natalie Burton said. "This is when we begin to build towards the postseason. This is the part where we tweak the little mistakes and start to build momentum. The group heading to New Mexico is really the core of who will be heading to Nationals. They are the strongest part of our team."
In their collegiate debuts, freshmen Sylvia de Toledo (fences) and Hannah McCain (horsemanship) earned MOP honors the last time the two programs met. The Mustangs won Hunterseat 7-3, thanks to a 4-1 advantage over fences. SMU took three of the five horsemanship points in the squad’s first competition with a western program.
Sophomore Schaefer Raposa and de Toledo lead the Mustangs over fences with matching 7-2 records. Raposa had four MOP rides over fences in the fall, while de Toledo had three. Senior Julianna Fischer was 5-3 in the fall with an MOP ride over fences. In flat, the Mustangs were led by a 5-3-1 mark in the fall from sophomore Mary Abbruzzese. Freshman Charlotte Jacobs is perfect in three appearances on flat, with one MOP honor.
Freshman Hannah McCain was 5-4 in horsemanship this fall, winning each of her first four and earning two MOPs. Classmate Jaclyn White is 2-1-1 in her last four rides, coming off a 71-71 deadlock against No. 3 Auburn. On the reining side, junior Courtney Line is 3-3-1, and is 3-0-1 in her last four. Freshman Morgan Redwine went 4-3-2 in reining this fall, going 2-1-2 in her last five.
SMU wrapped-up the fall portion of its schedule with a 15-3 setback to No. 3 Auburn. Line (reining) and Jacobs (flat) earned MOP honors. Fischer represented SMU at the Winter Equestrian Festival Collegiate Challenge, reaching the Quarterfinals of the national-knockout tournament that took place in her hometown of Wellington, Fla.
The Mustangs will make a trip to Fresno, Calif., next week to take on Fresno State (Feb. 21) on Friday and Baylor (Feb. 22) on Saturday.