By Derek Gonzales
The New Mexico State Equestrian team hosted Delaware State University, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Tennessee-Martin in the United Equestrian Conference tournament this past weekend in Las Cruces, and the won the conference championship over UT-Martin on Saturday.
NM State defeated UT-Martin in the Hunter’s Seat event, 5-3, which is the event that judges a rider’s ability to sit correctly, holding correct riding posture, while controlling the horse.
NM State’s Rianna Storey, who is one of the three team captains, was named the United Equestrian Conference’s Sportsmanship Award winner Saturday afternoon to add a bow to the Aggies’ solid weekend.
Remington Willkie notched a score of 141 for the Aggies while teammates Karianna Knezevich and Madison Brayman both received scores of 155. Haley Padilla, who is from Las Cruces, scored a 140 on Friday against Delaware State and a 145.5 on Saturday to earn the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award in the sportsmanship category.
Additionally, four NM State horses were also honored for their performance this weekend, with Bea being the tournament’s Most Outstanding Horse while competing in the equitation in the flat category.