Gamecocks Wrap Up Dual Meet at Home
BLYTHEWOOD, SC – The No. 7 South Carolina Equestrian team (4-3, 0-3) concluded hosting a dual meet at One Wood Farm on Friday, falling in a tight battle to Texas A&M 10-8, but finishing the day with a 6-2 win over the College of Charleston.
The Gamecocks got the points started for the day on the Flat, with newcomer Sarah Rabb defeating Nicole McMillion on Dento in an eight-point spread, 80-72. The Aggies answered back with two points of their own, while junior Sophie Mitchell tied things up with Maggie Nealon on Barnaby, 74-74. Texas A&M took the event 3-1.
Meanwhile during Horsemanship, sophomore Alyssa Jipping began the event with a new career high of 76.5 on Max, but fell to Ellie Gerbrandt’s 77.5. Ruby Voortmeyer answered back with a point for the Gamecocks, taking down Hanna Oluassen 74-67 on Chubby. Rookie Jenna Berghorst also set a new career high, taking her point with a 76 on Paddy to defeat Cori Cansdale’s 74.5. The Aggies then took the remaining two points, coming out on top 3-2.
In Fences, South Carolina saw victories from Natalie Jayne (83-81 on Dexter), and Alexa Aureliano (82-80 on Schnitzel). For her ride on Schnitzel, Aureliano picked up her first MOP of the season. Reining then rounded out the day with an impressive 3-2 win over the Aggies, with Chloe Stephenson, Emilia Reutimann, and Emma Lane each earning points for the team. For her ride 72.5-70 win on Chexie, Lane grabbed her first MOP of the season as well. Junior Haley Turner helped keep things close for the Gamecocks, tying 70-70 on Stoner against Emmy Lu Marsh.
The Gamecocks won the overall Western battle against the Aggies 5-4, the first time doing so since winning a 5-5 tiebreaker in raw scores back in February of 2020. It was the first outright win since a 6-4 victory in 2018.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
South Carolina had a successful meet against the Cougars, coming out on top 6-2. The Gamecocks saw points on the Flat from Sophie Mitchell (77-71 on Tanner), Ellie Beard (78-70 on Dento) and Natalie Jayne (78-67 on Barnaby). For her ride, Jayne earned her third MOP of the season in the event, leading her team for the award. In Fences, South Carolina rounded out the day with wins from Sydney DeGrazia (80-78 on Joe), Jordan Allen (82-78 on Quentin) and Jayne (81-70 on Steve). With the highest score on the day, Allen received her fourth MOP in Fences this season, the most on the team in any event.
The Gamecocks will have a week off before hosting Oklahoma State on Friday, Nov. 17 at home at One Wood Farm. South Carolina will also be recognizing the jersey retirement of Katherine Schmidt Butler at the meet. The meet is set to begin at 10:00 a.m.