Equestrian picks up two points in first NCEA scrimmage

A rider jumps over a fence on a horse. Graphic showing SMU's 6-2 win over Lynchburg in equestrian competition.

Amherst, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's equestrian team made its 2018-19 National Collegiate Equestrian Association scrimmage debut Friday afternoon, falling 6-2 to sixth-ranked Southern Methodist at the Harriett Howell Rogers Riding Center.

Lynchburg won both its points over fences as juniors Burke Kelleher (Lynchburg, Va.) and Dani Herzberg (Beachwood, Ohio) earned the victories for the Hornets.

Freshmen Taylor Herzog (Williamsburg, Va.) and Saylor Hardin (Forest City, N.C.) also competed for the Hornets. Herzog scored Lynchburg's best ride over fences on the day with a 71-point jaunt atop Ray.

Herzberg's 69-point ride with Petey on the flat was a high-water mark for Lynchburg in that portion of the match.

The visiting Mustangs swept the matchups on the flat, but Lynchburg rebounded with strong rides over fences. Kelleher started with a 66-point ride atop Fernando, besting SMU's Lexi Murphy, and Herzberg earned 62 points on Snips to out-point the Mustang rider, Tali DeJong.

SMU totaled 546 points over its eight total rides, while Lynchburg earned 493 points.

Lynchburg will begin the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association portion of its schedule Saturday, Oct. 13 at the University of Virginia.

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