A&M equestrian extends winning streak to 6 and beats Baylor | Sports
After more than two months since its last outing, the No. 2 Texas A&M Equestrian Team outlasted No. 4 Baylor 10-8 on Saturday, Jan. 29 in the spring opener.
Despite the long break, the Aggies didn’t miss a beat getting back into action. With Saturday’s win, A&M tied the season streak after Baylor handed the Aggies their only loss on Oct. 15. The encounter featured strong performances from senior Haley Redifer at Fences, fifth-year senior Caroline Dance at Flat and senior Hayley Riddle. in equitation, all receiving the best performer in their respective events.
A&M coach Tana McKay said she was excited for the rest of the season after the win.
“I’m really excited about today’s win. It’s been a few weeks so we haven’t had much time to pick up the pace,” McKay said. 12thman.com. “It was a bit of a cold turkey situation, but the girls handled it really well. Baylor are still a good team, so I’m happy that we can get a win. It sets a good tone for the rest of the season.”
The competition began with a back-and-forth ride over Fences. The Bears struck first with an 89-86 victory of junior Savannah Hemby over second Devon Thomas. Redifer responded in impressive fashion by scoring a career-high 92 in her win over senior Caroline Fuller. Both teams would score again to finish Fences in a 2-2 draw.
A&M was able to gain momentum with three straight riding points after strong performances from Riddle and graduate MacKenzie Chapman, scoring 76.5 points apiece. With today’s win, Chapman improved to 7-0 in riding this season. Baylor fought back with two straight wins over junior Gabrielle Marty and senior Marley Mainwaring to make it 3-2 for Horsemanship.
The Aggies held a 5-4 lead heading into the break.
The Bears struck quickly after intermission with a Fuller win over senior Nicole Leonard riding a high 93-80 on the flat. This victory was short-lived as the Aggies won four straight points, finishing 4-1 flat.
The Bears showed a sense of urgency and won the final event of the day, Reigning, by a score of 3-1. Despite Baylor’s strong final effort, A&M were able to hold on for a 10-8 win.
In what has become the winningest start to the season for A&M since their 2017 NCEA Championship run, the Aggies continue to impress as they extend their winning streak to six.
A&M returns to conference on February 12, when the Aggies travel to Athens, Georgia for a rematch with Georgia.