April 2, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU equestrian team is the No. 6 seed in the hunter seat bracket for the 2013 National Collegiate Equestrian Championship. The Mustangs will face No. 11 New Mexico State in the first round of competition on April 18 at 9:00 a.m. at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.
"We are extremely excited and looking forward to a successful couple of days," head coach Haley Schoolfield said. "The team has been training incredibly hard, both mentally and physically, and I anticipate that it will pay off for them in Waco."
SMU went 8-3 during the regular season and achieved a No. 9 rank in the Women's Intercollegiate Equestrian National Coaches Poll. The Mustangs had several impressive victories this season including a 5-4 upset of No. 1 South Carolina on Nov. 18.
SMU is led by junior Julianna Fischer and sophomores Courtney Line and Emma Roberts, all of which competed at the National Championships last season. The Mustangs will also be represented by three outstanding rookies, Mary Abbruzzese, Alex Butterworth, and Schaefer Raposa. Abbruzzese holds a 5-1 record in equitation on the flat this season. Butterworth and Raposa dominated this season in equitation over fences with records of 9-2 and 7-2 respectively. Raposa was named MVP of three meets, while Butterworth earned MVP honors at two competitions. Additionally, Raposa won the championship at the Winter Equestrian Festival in equitation over fences, earning the high point award in the process.
The top four teams in the bracket received byes. The winner of the SMU/New Mexico State match will compete against No. 3 Georgia on April 19.