COLLEGE STATION, Texas - No. 6 Baylor equestrian (4-4) dug an early hole it could not fight out of, dropping a 14-4 road decision to No. 3 Texas A&M (9-4) on Saturday afternoon at the Hildebrand Equine Complex.
Fences and horsemanship led off the meet, with Baylor slipping, 3-1, in fences and, 4-0, in horsemanship.
In fences, Shannon Hogue clinched the lone point in the first half for the Bears, riding to an 83-73 point. Abby Jorgensen drew with her opponent, tying at 77-77.
In horsemanship, Kaylee Mellott's 72.5 tied with her opponent, keeping the score 7-1 heading into the break.
BU fared slightly better in the second half, but a 4-1 defeat on the flat and a tight, 3-2, loss in reining closed out a tough day for the Bears.
In equitation on the flat, Rachel Van Allen led the Bears with a 76, earning a 76-72 point for BU.
• BU kicked off a three-meet swing away from home, falling to the Aggies in College Station.
• BU faced the Aggies for the first time since 2016, when the Bears took a 10-8 road loss.
• The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for BU and marked the first loss of the spring schedule for the Bears.
STAT OF THE DAY
12 - the number of rides on the day that were decided by two or fewer points
The Bears head to Delaware to compete in Delaware State's tournament versus South Carolina and DSU, running March 2-3 in Dover.