Saturday, October 17, 2015

AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 2 Auburn equestrian team defeated No. 5 Oklahoma State, 14-5, on Saturday at the Auburn University Horse Center. The Tigers (3-0, 1-0 SEC) earned all four MOP honors while winning three events and tying in Reining.

“This was a huge win for us and every event rode well,” head coach Greg Williams said. “When you get all four MOPs in a meet like this against the number five team in the country, you know you are riding well. We are a really good team, and we have confidence that we are going to win, but we are making sure we stay engaged and fight to get every point that we can. That shows how talented they are and how focused they are. It is early in the season, but I can see we are going to continue to make improvements and be very good.”

In Equitation over Fences, freshman Hayley Iannotti defeated Katie Jones, 78-75, before freshman Caitlin Boyle topped Maggie Drysch, 86-65. Senior Elizabeth Benson toppled Carly Barrick, 87-40, and junior Ashley Foster earned MOP honors after defeating Jorden Davis, 66-39.

Auburn went into halftime with an 8-2 after winning Horsemanship 4-1. Junior Hannah Stephens captured the first point with a 74.5-73 victory over Miranda Reed. Freshman Lauren Diaz earned her second-career MOP honor with a 77.5-73.5 win over Paris Nottingham. Senior Griffin Knight defeated Ebba Lange, 73-69, before senior Hannah Loseke beat Libby Collins, 72.5-71.5.

After intermission, Foster kept the Tigers going with a 75-68 win over Jorden Davis in Equitation on the Flat. Benson captured her 21st career MOP honor, defeating Kendall Pedigo, 73-64, to give Auburn a 10-2 lead. Boyle edged out Carly Barrick, 69-67, to clinch the win for Auburn, before junior Tory Hoft scored a 59 to defeat Maggie Drysch’s 55.

Freshman Blair McFarlin earned MOP honors in Reining with a 72.5-71.5 victory over Ebba Langa, as senior Hailey Munger defeated Justine Peters, 72.5-72, to close out the match.

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