Vixens top No. 8 Hornets over fences; Delaware State edges Sweet Briar overall

Vixens top No. 8 Hornets over fences; Delaware State edges Sweet Briar overall

FELTON, Del. — The Sweet Briar NCEA team dominated equitation over fences against No. 8 Delaware State, but the Hornets were able to escape with the overall hunt seat victory following a strong outing in equitation on the flat at the Dovington Training Center on Sunday.

The first Sweet Briar rider of the day turned in an outstanding performance on Lophius as first-year Charlotte Hadley (Tiverton, R.I.) rode to Most Outstanding Performer status over fences while scoring an 82 and earning a team point for the Vixens. 

Sophomore Lily Peterson (Ashland, Va.) continued the impressive showing for the Vixens over fences as she rode deal to earn 75 points and another team point for the visitors.

The second round of over fences opened with a 74 from senior Emily Schlosberg (Fairfax, Va.) on Vinny. Schlosberg earned Sweet Briar's first point officially, before Hadley's point was confirmed by the seventh rider of the day. 

First-year Maggie Fraley (White Haven, Pa.) picked up a close 82-80 victory over Sydney Wicklund, riding PJ and helping to push Sweet Briar to a 4-1 victory over fences against the No. 8 team in the nation. 

Sweet Briar's victory over fences against Delaware State was the second victory over fences for Sweet Briar against a top-10 program after the Vixens toppled No. 6 SMU over fences earlier in the season.

Hadley's victory over fences was the first of her collegiate career, while Peterson, Fraley and Schlosberg all earned their second victories of the 2018-19 season.

Equitation on the flat favored the Hornets, as Peterson matched up with the eventual Most Outstanding Performer on the flat, in Eva Epstein. The Hornets rattled off four team points on the flat, with Sweet Briar first-year Britt Larson-Jackson (Washington, D.C.) finishing even 54-54 with Zoe Kirsch on PJ.

Sweet Briar posted six scores of 70 or higher on the day, with five scores of 70 or higher over fences and sophomore Katie Balding (Williamsburg, Va.) earning a 73 on the flat riding Lophius.

The Hornets edged Sweet Briar at the end of the day 5-4 and 714-699 on overall score.

Sweet Briar heads back on the road for a meet at Tennessee Martin on Thursday, October 11. The Vixens will also compete against No. 10 South Dakota State on October 12 in a neutral site meet.



Equitation over Fences

Miranda Adcock, DSU 72 Vinny 74 Emily Schlosberg, SBC
Gabrielle Fournier, DSU 75 Lophius 82 Charlotte Hadley, SBC
Sydney Wicklund, DSU 80 PJ 82 Maggie Fraley, SBC
Eva Epstein, DSU 72 Deal 75 Lily Peterson, SBC
Zoe Kirsch, DSU 81 King 70 Katie Balding, SBC


Equitation on the Flat

Eva Epstein, DSU 67 Luke 59 Lily Peterson, SBC
Miranda Adcock, DSU 72 Finnegan 69 Maggie Fraley, SBC
Zoe Kirsch, DSU 54 PJ 54  Britt Larson-Jackson, SBC
Gabrielle Fournier, DSU 77 Lophius 73  Katie Balding, SBC
Sydney Wicklund, DSU 64 Vinny 61  Emily Schlosberg, SBC