March 6, 2008
WACO, Texas - Baylor's equestrian team hopes to extend its win streak to four matches when it travels to at Fieldstone Park in Mansfield, Texas, for a matchup against TCU on Saturday morning. The show, Baylor's final regular season competition of the season, will begin at 11 a.m.
Baylor, hosting its third straight home match and sporting a 7-9 season record, is coming off three straight wins over Kansas State (10-8), Fresno State (9-5) and Tennessee-Martin (14-2). TCU is 4-7 on the year and is coming off a 10-5 victory over Fresno State.
"Our girls are riding very well and are very prepared for this competition," said head coach Ellen White. "TCU is a young program that is coming on strong, especially in its Western events. We just need to keep working hard and don't let up."
Four riders will compete for the Bears in Hunter Seat events. Nicole Brown, Heather Healy, Kendra Vicary and Beth Banister will all ride in Equitation Over Fences and while Shelby White, Brown, Cara Wilson and Healy will compete in Equitation on the Flat. Brown has 10 MVPs to her credit this season, eight in Fences and two in Flat while Healy has earned MVP honors four times, two in Flat and two over Fences and Banister has won three MVPs, one in Fences and two in Flat.
On the Western side, Allison Orosz, Ashleigh Carlson, Lindsay Douglas and Nicole McCoy will compete in Horsemanship. Throughout the season, Baylor riders have garnered six Horsemanship MVPs, McCoy, Orosz and Douglas have each collected two. Representing the Bears in Reining will be McCoy, Katie Buss, Madelyn Mooney and Valtie Riddle. Mooney has earned five Reining MVPs this season while Buss and Riddle have each 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 .
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.