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Equestrian drops close contest at SMU

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/01/2013 19:44:08
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DALLAS, Texas – South Dakota State dominated the western events on Friday at SMU, but came up short on the hunt seat side in an 11-9 loss to the Mustangs at the Buckbranch Farm on the southern edge of Dallas, Texas on Friday.

The loss drops the Jackrabbits to 0-4 on the season, while the host Mustangs even their record to 3-3 and improve to 3-0 at home.

"We had some great rides today, but SMU is very strong in the hunt seat events," head coach Megan Rossiter said. "We just didn't hold our own in hunt seat in order to secure the win."

Freshman Makayla Reed earned the lone MOP honor for the Jackrabbits on the day, carding a 70 in reining to win her point. Danielle Baker, Raivenne Scott and Caroline Lesousky also won points in reining, as the teams competed five riders in each event.

SDSU took home three of the five points in horsemanship, with Baker and Kelsey Swainston both scoring a 72.5. Victoria Johnson scored a 68.5 to win her horsemanship point.

The Jackrabbits scored one point each on the flat and over fences, with Santana Wright scoring a 76 to win her point on the flat and Jessica Andronowitz scoring an 80 over fences for the point.

The Jacks look to snap the season-opening skid on Saturday, when they travel to Stillwater, Okla., to take on Oklahoma State in the Cowgirls’ home opener. The riding begins at 10 a.m.

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