No. 4 Auburn Tops No. 1 Baylor in Tiebreak Win
WACO, Texas — It all came down to the wire for the No. 4 Auburn equestrian team at No. 1 Baylor and the two teams rode to a 9-9 tie. The Tigers, however, took the victory after topping the Bears in raw score, 1495-1481, Friday afternoon in Waco.
“The team rode great today,” head coach Greg Williams said. “I thought more of the tight scores would fall our way, but the team got enough for the win. It feels good to have everyone on the upswing and pulling together heading into the postseason.”
Auburn improved to 6-3 on the year and the win gave the Tiger team its second victory over a top-ranked squad this year. The last came at home vs. then-No. 1 Texas A&M with the two squads riding to a
The Tigers exceled in Equitation Over Fences, topping the Bears by a score of 4-1. Sophomore Caitlin Boyle was awarded her third MOP honor of the season in the event, scoring a season-best 90 points in her win. Sophomore Alex Ladove remained undefeated in Fences and opened up the day with an 82-80 victory over Savannah Jenkins. Senior Ashley Foster picked up her 10th W in the event with her 83 points and sophomore Hayley Iannotti finished with an 81-76 win.
Freshman Kara Kaufmann and sophomore Megan Rauh gave Auburn two points in Horsemanship during the first half of the day. Kaufmann’s 76-72.5 victory moved the Belvidere, N.J., product to 9-0-1 in the event and her points total tied a season best. Rauh closed out the discipline with a 75-71.5 win over Kelsie Holman.
Auburn went into intermission leading Baylor, 6-4.
The Reining corps saw big rides from junior Alexa Rivard and sophomore Betsy Brown. Rivard, of Suwanee, Ga., earned her first MOP nod of the season with a 72.5-65.5 win. Brown picked up her second-straight victory, topping Maddison Smith, 67.5-57.5
Iannotti gave Auburn a point in Equitation on the Flat, edging Jenkins with a score of 72-71. Sophomore Ashton Alexander tied Rachel Van Allen, 79-79, while senior Tory Hoft picked up a tie vs. Alicia Gasser (80-80).
Auburn’s busy weekend continues Saturday, March 4, as the Tigers take on SEC Rival and No. 2 Texas A&M at 11 a.m. CT in College Station.
No. 5 Georgia Defeats No. 6 Fresno State, 11-8
FRESNO, Calif. — The fifth-ranked Georgia equestrian team rode to an 11-8 victory over No. 6 Fresno State on Friday at the Fresno State Student Horse Center to conclude regular season competition with a 9-4 overall record and 4-2 mark in SEC action.
Georgia swept Most Outstanding Performance honors with Meg O’Mara (Equitation Over Fences), Addyson Cord (Equitation on the Flat), Sammie Johnson (Horsemanship), and Graysen Stroud (Reining) being recognized for their rides.
“Today was a great test of endurance as our last meet of the regular season,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “We had to grind, work hard, and find every point in every possibility, which is such great preparation for postseason. We are very happy to come out with the win. I am so proud and impressed with our four MOPs. To earn that recognition with such stellar performances on away horses is a hard thing to do. There are great things for the future of Georgia equestrian."
Georgia jumped to an early 3-2 lead in Equitation Over Fences. Liza Finsness earned the first point for Georgia, defeating Fresno State’s Alex Dirickson, 78-71, before Sydney Hutchins out-rode Natalie Wendt, 82-75. Meg O’Mara closed out the event with a 86-70 victory over FSU’s Madelyn Keck.
Fresno State edged Georgia, 3-2, in Reining. Graysen Stroud scored an event-high 74.5 to better Hailey Robison’s 70. In the anchor position, Charley Thiel rode to 72-70.5 defeat over Taylor Dixon to even the score at five heading into the break.
Georgia rode to a 4-1 victory in Equitation on the Flat. Liza Fineness, Madison Newman, and Sydney Hutchins each earned points for the Bulldogs after riding to a score of 81. After a re-ride, Addyson Cord rode to an MOP-earning, 79-67, victory over FSU’s Alex Dirickson.
Georgia and Fresno State rode to a 2-2 tie in Horsemanship. Payton Anderson started the event with a 74-70 victory over Taeya Harle, before Madison Anger rode to a tie with a score of 69 against Maddy Robison. Sammie Johnson rode to her first MOP-earning point with a 74-73 win over Taylor Brown.
The SEC Championship will be held in Auburn, Alabama on March 24-25. The season will officially conclude at the NCEA National Championship to be held April 12-15 in Waco, Texas.
Skyhawk Equestrian Picks Up 16-0 Home Win Over Minnesota-Crookston on Senior Day
MARTIN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian squad soared to a 16-0 sweep today against Minnesota-Crookston on Senior Day at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion.
Seniors Claire Ottinger, Margo Quinn and Brittany Woodard were honored this morning for their career contributions. The trio followed with five head-to-head wins and one MOP during the competition.
“Today was a great day for UT Martin and an awesome send out for our seniors,” Skyhawk head coach Meghan Cunningham said. “We had a great day with some great rides. We are continuing to build looking towards the United Equestrian Conference championship in two weeks.”
In equitation on the flat, Monica Zoromski compiled MOP accolades with an 81-point performance. Ottinger won after earning 79 points while Randi LaChance tacked on 78 points on her way to the victory. Quinn’s 72-point ride also gave UT Martin a team point.
LaChance followed up her equitation on the flat performance with an MOP effort in equitation over fences, accumulating 82 points. Zoromski (78 points) and Ottinger (77 points) also earned head-to-head wins while Ally Scholefield also dialed up a victory with 76 points.
Woodard captured MOP accolades with a team-high 75 points in horsemanship. Jade Bleskey (74.5 points) wasn’t too far behind on her way to a victory while Bobbie Piddock and Liana Nowak achieved 73.5 and 73.0 points, respectively, to complete the sweep.
In reining, Madeline Williams secured MOP honors with a 69-point effort. Nowak built up 69.5 points while Piddock (69 points) and Woodard (68 points) each came away with head-to-head victories for UT Martin.
The Skyhawks return to action on March 24-25 when they travel to Dover, Del. for the UEC Championships hosted by Delaware State.