SKYHAWK EQUESTRIAN SET FOR MASTERSON FARMS INVITATIONAL HOSTED BY UT MARTIN
November 6, 2017
MARTIN, Tenn. – Some of the top collegiate equestrian teams in the nation will be in action this week at the Masterson Farms Invitational hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin this Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10 at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion.
The event features four United Equestrian Conference teams and three competitions over the span of two days. Action begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday when the No. 4 SMU Mustangs take on the Delaware State Hornets and the No. 10 ranked Skyhawks host the No. 5 Fresno State Bulldogs. The two winners will then battle for the championship at 10 a.m. on Friday while the consolation winner will also be determined as the competitions will run concurrently on both days.
UT Martin (1-2) has been nationally ranked in the Farnam NCEA polls for the last four weeks. The Skyhawks have previously faced one team in the tournament field this season, defeating then-No. 10 Delaware State by a 9-6 margin on Oct. 7. UT Martin also battled against ranked opponents No. 3 Auburn and No. 8 TCU before falling.
Currently ranked No. 4 in the nation, SMU comes into the week with a perfect 3-0 record after knocking off No. 6 TCU (11-8), No. 7 Baylor (10-10; 1,510-1,464 raw points tiebreaker) and No. 4 Oklahoma State (11-9). The Mustangs’ No. 4 ranking matches the highest rank in school history.
No. 5 Fresno State is 2-2 on the season, with its only setbacks coming against No. 1 Texas A&M (14-5) and No. 2 Georgia (10-8). Both of the Bulldogs’ wins this season have come against South Dakota State, the latest coming when the Jackrabbits were ranked No. 10 in the nation.
Delaware State earned a No. 10 national ranking for the first two weeks of the 2017-18 season but is 0-3 on the season against tough competition. The Hornets have fallen to No. 8 TCU (10-5), UT Martin (9-6) and No. 1 Texas A&M (18-6) so far this season.
Masterson Farms, LLC is an organization dedicated to breeding, raising, and developing the finest western pleasure show horses available. The farm began its focus upon breeding with its acquisition of Zippos Sheik in 1993 following a decade of involvement in showing, boarding, and training western pleasure horses. In 2006, great progress was made toward achieving its goals when RL Best Of Sudden was purchased. In 2007, both stallions stood to the public and an outstanding group of mares were bred. The farm’s staff is dedicated to providing their breeding customers the best and most efficient service possible as well as adding as much value as possible to those customers’ foals. The farm will also be breeding and offering for sale outstanding show prospects as well as young horses well on their way to being accomplished show horses. Masterson Farms, LLC is owned by Ken and Marilyn Masterson. Ken has been interested since his youth in quarter horses and following his retirement from FedEx Corporation, which he served as its General Counsel for 25 years, he devotes his full time and energy to pursuing the objectives which have been set for the farm. Marilyn Masterson, the daughter of a family dedicated to the American Saddlebred horse in Lexington, Kentucky, came to quarter horses much later but is actively engaged in promoting the farm and its horses.