Sept. 12, 2013
WACO, Texas – The Baylor Equestrian team will host its first meet of the season against SMU in an exhibition meet Saturday at the Willis Family Equestrian Center in Waco, Texas.
Baylor head coach Ellen White said the scrimmage will give the Bears a chance to experience what a real meet will be like.
“The way we compete in NCEA Equestrian meets is different from how these girls compete in regular equestrian competitions,” said White. “ We are going to use this scrimmage to give the freshmen a taste of how our meets work and give us as coaches a chance to see how they can perform under the pressure of the situation. “
The team competes in four events throughout the meet: fences, flat, horsemanship and reining. 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 rider in each event. (Good)
With a team of over 70 competitors, White said the scrimmage will help the coaching staff decide who is ready for regular-season competition.
“[It will help us find out] who can step up and be a competitor in their events and who has the potential to be put in our line-up for the meets,” said White.
The scrimmage will set up Baylor’s regular season, which begins with the Willis Invitational September 27-28 in Waco. The Bears are five-time defending champions at the invitational.