DALLAS, Texas – No. 2 Auburn equestrian defeated SMU, 12-7, on Sunday at the Sleepy P Ranch in Dallas, Texas. With the win, Auburn moves to 4-1 (1-1 SEC) on the season.
“It is always fun to win,” head coach Greg Williams said. “We certainly made some mistakes, and there are some things we can work on, but we are continuing to get better. It is great that they can come back after a disappointing meet at Texas A&M and turn it out and pull out a good win.”
Auburn jumped out to an early 3-2 lead after Equitation over Fences as junior Ashley Foster defeated Alex Butterworth, 90-78, and senior Elizabeth Benson topped Schaefer Raposa, 88-87, before freshman Hayley Iannotti defeated Julia Fowler, 86-74.
Junior Hannah Stephens and senior Griffin Knight picked up victories in Horsemanship, to give Auburn a 5-4 lead at the break. Stephens scored a 74 to defeat Hannah McCain’s 73, as Knight knocked off Michaela Dinger, 72-66.5.
In Equitation on the Flat, Auburn won all five points, led by sophomore Caitlin Creel, who defeated Schaefer Raposa, 99-98. Benson moved to 5-0 on the year in Flat following her 95-90 victory over Nora Gray. Junior Tory Hoft edged out Alexis Graves, 85-84, before Boyle knocked off Alexa Boggio, 89-87. Foster closed the event with a 93-92 win over Sylvia de Toledo.
Freshman Ali Fratessa defeated Olivia Pakula, 64.5-63, in Reining, before sophomore Alexa Rivard closed the match with a 68-67 victory over Madison Steed.