WACO – The No. 3 Baylor equestrian team (6-0) upset defending NCEA champion and No. 1-ranked Georgia (1-1), 13-6 Saturday at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.
Baylor jumped out early with a 4-1 advantage in fences before the Bulldogs won their only event of the day in reining, 3-2. With Baylor holding a 6-4 edge heading into flat and horsemanship, the Bears overcame two zeroes in flat to win 3-2 before taking a 4-1 win in horsemanship.
Samantha Schaefer earned MOP honors in flat and won her point in fences as well. In flat, Schaefer’s 92 defeated Megan Southam’s score of 77. Schaefer was also pair up with Southam in fences and won 83-73 to pick up her second point of the meet for the Bears.
Savannah Jenkins also scored two points for Baylor’s hunt seat team. In flat, Jenkins put up a 90 and downed Kylee Arbuckle’s 76. In fences, she beat Arbuckle again, 80-75.
Alicia Gasser was the third Bear to score two points for the hunt seat team; she took a 77-74 win over Liza Finsness in flat and beat Addyson Cord 83-77 in fences.
Rachel Nankervis won MOP honors for the western team in horsemanship beating Bailey Anderson 75-71.5.
“[Hunt seat] rode really well, and we just out-rode today,” Baylor head coach Ellen White said. “They didn’t give it to us, they didn’t mess up; we just rode really well today.”
“I was proud of the team because I didn’t feel like they were all that strong yesterday, but they rallied today and became the team they needed to be. Horsemanship has really been riding strong. In the last two meets they have really stepped up and been a deciding factor.” White added.
The Bears’ win avenges a loss in the 2014 NCEA quarterfinals to the Bulldogs last season.
The Bears resume Big 12 play against Kansas State at home Nov. 15.