Feb. 28, 2008
WACO, Texas - Baylor's equestrian team hopes to extend its win streak to three matches when it hosts Tennessee-Martin at the Willis Family Equestrian Center on Saturday morning. The show, Baylor's last regular season home competition of the season, will begin at 10 a.m.
Baylor, hosting its third straight home match and sporting a 6-9 season record, is coming off double wins over Kansas State (10-8) and Fresno State (9-5). UT-Martin, 2-4 on the season, will compete at Stephen F. Austin on Friday before traveling to Waco.
"We are eager to get back into the arena and compete, especially after posting two victories last weekend," said head coach Ellen White. "We are improving each week and are hoping to keep moving forward."
Four riders will compete for the Bears in Hunter Seat events. Shelby White, Heather Healy, Kendra Vicary and Beth Banister will all ride in Equitation Over Fences and Equitation on the Flat on Saturday. Healy has earned MVP honors four times this season, two in Flat and two over Fences while Banister has won two MVPs, one in each event.
On the Western side, Allison Orosz, Ashleigh Carlson, Lindsay Douglas and Nicole McCoy will compete in Horsemanship. Throughout the season, Baylor riders have garnered five Horsemanship MVPs, McCoy and Orosz have each collected two and Douglas has one to her credit. Representing the Bears in Reining will be McCoy, Katie Buss, Madelyn Mooney and Michelle Reynolds. Mooney has earned five Reining MVPs this season while Buss claimed one.
The competition format will feature a series of head-to-head match ups. The team accumulating the most head-to-head victories will win the overall match. In the event of a tie, the victor will be determined by total points. In addition, there will be an individual award for the most valuable player in each event. Four riders will compete in each event and each event will feature exhibition competition as well but exhibition scores will not figure into the scoring.
No admission is charged for Saturday's equestrian competition, the public is invited to attend.
After hosting UT-Martin, the Bears will compete at TCU on March 8 in their final regular season competition. After the TCU competition, Baylor will participate in the Central Championships hosted by Kansas State, March 28-29.
For the second straight season, Baylor will host the Varsity Equestrian Championships, April 17-19 at the Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo Complex in the Dodge Show Pavilion.