Equestrian defeats Delaware State 16-4

By Caroline Lindstrom

The No. 2 Baylor equestrian team defeated Delaware State 16-4 Saturday at the Willis Family Equestrian Center in Waco. The Bears record improved to 3-2 overall in their first meet of the spring semester.

“Not only did we get the win but our girls received MOP [most outstanding player] in each event of the meet,” said Head Coach Ellen White.

Sophomore Jenny Mitchell, junior Samantha Schaefer, junior Parris Rice and freshman Jessica Leach earned MOP honors for Baylor.

The Bears dominated all four events: horsemanship, flat, fences and reining with a score of 4-1 in each. White said it was nice to “knock the rust off” because the team hasn’t competed since before Thanksgiving when Baylor fell 10-9 to Auburn.

“Everyone started off strong at the Delaware State meet but we have a lot ahead of us,” Schaefer said, “With four consecutive road meets after TCU, it is important for us to prepare that much more.”

White said the team saw what they need to work on and knows their homework for this next week. The Bears take on No. 8 TCU at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.

“One of our two losses was to TCU in the Fall when our freshman weren’t quite ready to compete,” White said, “We are a different team now and our freshmen are ready to whip up on them.”

The Bears have a 2-1 record this season in Big 12 Conference competition. The equestrian team competes in conference against TCU Saturday at the Willis Family Equestrian Center in Waco.