Nov. 22, 2013
WILMER, Texas – The No. 10 SMU equestrian team will look to stay perfect at home this weekend, as the Mustangs welcome No. 3 Auburn to BuckBranch Farm on Saturday at 10 a.m. CT.
Auburn has won all three meetings between the two programs, including both meetings in Texas. This is the first full competition between the two schools, a 2013-14 season that marks SMU’s first with a western program.
SMU coach Natalie Burton, who is in her third season overall, and her first as a head coach, graduated from Auburn in 2007. During her career as a rider with the Tigers, Burton won the 2004 individual national championship on flat, and was part of Auburn’s 2006 team championship.
Probable Lineup: Butterworth, Fischer, Jacobs, Raposa, de Toledo (Roberts)
The fourth and fifth spots in Saturday’s fences lineup have provided seven MOP honors between the two riders this season. SMU’s anchor on Saturday, freshman Sylvia de Toledo, is 7-1 this season, and has turned in three MOPs in 2013-14. In the fourth spot, sophomore Schaefer Raposa is also 7-1, with four MOP honors. Both riders have won their last five decisions. The SMU fences lineup has had one of its riders earn MOP honors at all seven of its competitions this season. Senior Julianna Fischer is 5-2 over fences on the year, and earned MOP honors in the Mustangs competition against South Carolina. Freshman Charlotte Jacobs will make her third-straight appearance in the fences lineup on Saturday, her first since September 29 against UT-Martin. Sophomore Alex Butterworth will make her sixth, winning two of her last three appearances in the lineup.
Probable Lineup: Abbruzzese, Fowler, Hindle, Jacobs, Audette, (de Toledo)
Sophomore Mary Abbruzzese has highlighted the Mustangs flat lineup this year, going 5-2-1. Freshman Julia Fowler has won two of her last three flat appearances, including an MOP on Nov. 8 against UT-Martin. Of the riders in Saturday’s lineup, junior Greer Hindle has the Mustangs other MOP honor, earning it on Nov. 1 against South Dakota State. Jacobs will also make her third flat appearance on Saturday, another event the freshman owns a perfect 2-0 record in. Freshman Addie Audette will make her third-consecutive appearance on Saturday. The SMU rookie enters with a 1-1 record on flat.
The Mustangs are in their inaugural season with a western program, a year that has seen the same five athletes compete in all of the Mustangs’ events.
HORSEMANSHIP AND REINING
Probable Lineup: Line, McCain, Redwine, Schramm, White
Freshman Hannah McCain recorded the Mustangs first two western MOP honors in the program’s brief history, both in horsemanship. McCain is 5-3 this season in horsemanship. Junior Courtney Line, redshirt-freshman Kristen Schramm and freshman Jaclyn White have added three horsemanship wins apiece with one meet to go before the winter break. Freshman Morgan Redwine has highlighted the Mustangs’ reining lineup, going 4-3-1 in 2013-14.