April 22, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In the program's first trip to the Varsity Equestrian National Championships, Baylor's English team placed eighth in the English bracket at the tournament hosted by New Mexico State. The 10th-seeded Bears rode against fourth-seeded Oklahoma State, who placed seventh as they defeated Baylor 706-658. Oklahoma State had both high-point riders for the Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences.
For the Bears in the Fences course, Cara Wilson earned the team's highest score with 105 points though Susie Foster was close behind as she earned 103 points on her ride. In the Flat rides, Foster was the team's high-point rider with 143 points. Oklahoma State's Bailey Mahoney was the overall high-point rider for Fences with 108 points while Paige Hortman was the Flat high-point rider with 154 points.
In the championships, South Carolina defeated Auburn 906-853 to claim the English title. This is the second-straight year that South Carolina has claimed the respective title. Last year, the Gamecocks were also the overall champions at the Varsity National Championships. The Western title belongs to Oklahoma State as the Cowgirls defeated Auburn 851-847.
Taking the overall title at this year's championships was Auburn which finished with 30 total points to earn the school's first national title in equestrian. The Tigers, who were seeded fifth in the Hunt Seat division and seventh in the Western division, stunned the field this year as both squads advanced to the championship match Saturday.
Baylor's inaugural season has now concluded as the Bears travel back home tomorrow after a standard-setting year.
Varsity National Championships
April 22, 2006 - All Day
Baylor's Results - Consolation
(40) Oklahoma State, 706 def. (10) Baylor, 658
Baylor Rider - Score - Horse - Score - Oklahoma State Rider
Equitation over Fences
Nicole Brown - 0 - Alex - 94 - Sam Collingsworth
Shelby White - 96 - Johnny - 100 - Michele Woolschager
Cara Wilson - 105 - Wellington - 90 - Cory Johnson
Susie Foster - 103 - Barry - 108 - Bailey Mahoney
Equitation on the Flat
Nicole Brown - 90 - Max - 154 - Paige Hortman
Susie Foster - 143 - Ralph - 115 - Brittney Snider
Shelby White - 121 - Glacier - 135 - Bailey Mahoney
Baylor - 658
Oklahoma State - 706