Bryant rides confidence

By Barbara Boxleitner
jdanddoc@gmail.com
Posted 7/14/20

The Madisonville High School graduate was among nearly 30 individuals specializing in western riding on last year's team, which finished the season ranked sixth in the nation according to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association.

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Bryant rides confidence

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The Madisonville High School graduate was among nearly 30 individuals specializing in western riding on last year's team, which finished the season ranked sixth in the nation according to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association.

She competed in the team's yearly red and black scrimmage to begin the season, contributing a 64.5-63.5 win in reining.

Bryant did not appear in a regular-season competition, so she used her practice time to improve. Those in the starting lineup typically practice daily except Sundays, she said, while those not in the lineup practiced multiple days.

"In practice you work on yourself and try to take that performance into the pen. It's overall progress going on in the season," the sophomore said. “Overall, I just needed to improve."

She worked on different parts of the horsemanship pattern, such as spins, slides and circles, required during a competition. And she got accustomed to working on different horses because riders don't know which horse they will have during a competition. "That's the challenge," she said.

"I was definitely improving," Bryant said, "just building the confidence."

This summer she has been riding one to four hours during practice with her trainer at the trainer's facility. "Just training your body" for the season, she said.

Baseball

Pitcher Zach Poe had no record and a 1.50 earned run average in three appearances for the Brazos Valley Bombers in the summer Texas Collegiate League. The former Mustang, who will play for Tarleton State University this year, led the staff with six innings pitched.

Also from the Mustangs, catcher Jake Risinger hit .231 in eight games for the Brazos Valley Renegades in the summer Five Tool Premier Collegiate League. On the Southwestern Christian University JV team as a freshman the past year, he drove in two runs.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com.

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