Equestrian Announces Team Awards
April 19, 2012
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU equestrian team announced its end-of-season awards at the team banquet Wednesday night. The Mustangs are coming off a season in which the team earned its first win in the NCEA Championships, defeating Tennessee-Martin, 5-3. SMU fell to eventual champion Baylor and lost on a tiebreaker to Kansas State in the consolation round.
Leading the way was standout freshman Emma Roberts, earning three honors after a posting a team-best 12-1 combined record this season. The All-American took home the awards for Best Record, Equitation Over Fences MVP and was one of three Mustangs to earn a Perfect Season award after compiling a 10-0 mark over fences.
Freshman Rachel Reid and sophomore Lauren Hogan also picked up awards for perfect seasons after going 3-0 and 1-0, respectively, on the flat. Reid earned the nod for Most Improved Player after earning a spot on the flat team midway through the season. Reid was undefeated during the regular season and capped the year by defeating her opponent against top-ranked Georgia.
Sophomore Julianna Fischer was named MVP on the Flat after going 4-3 during the regular season. Fischer twice earned the match-winning point, clinching Mustang victories against New Mexico State and No. 3 Texas A&M.
Senior Claire Wenholz earned the Highest Score of the Year after tallying an 89, leading the Mustangs to a 6-4 victory against crosstown rival TCU in the season opener. She also received the High GPA honor and is set to graduate next month with a 4.0 GPA in accounting.
Sophomore Blaire Bogard was given the Workhorse Award for her dedication to the team. She is the first one at the barn on competition day to braid several horses and is the last one to leave, making sure everything is complete. Bogard volunteers for the hard job or the early morning, and the squad could not run without teammates like her.