NO. 1 AUBURN DEFEATS NO. 5 OKLAHOMA STATE, 12-7
AUBURN, Ala. – In a meet with a lot of fall flavors and colors, the No. 1 Auburn equestrian team defeated No. 5 Oklahoma State, 12-7, at the Auburn Equestrian Center Friday afternoon. The Tigers improved to 3-0 on the year with the win.
“It was a solid win against a good team today,” head coach Greg Williams said. “The mistakes that were made were ones we can easily work on. We need to get those worked out before we welcome one of our top rivals in a couple weeks.”
The Tigers kicked off the meet with a 7-2 lead after Equitation on the Flat and Horsemanship.
Auburn’s Flat crew went 4-0 vs. the Cowgirls with senior Hayley Iannotti picking up the first point in the event, 80-74. After sophomore Taylor St. Jacques tied her opponent with a pair of 86s, freshman Emma Kurtz followed with her second win of the season in a 72-63 victory over Molly Dunn.
Senior Caitlin Boyle earned her first Most Outstanding Performer honor in the event this year, scoring 81 points in her win. Classmate Ashton Alexander closed out the event with a tight 79-78 victory over Hannah Janson.
The Horsemanship corps opened up its portion of the meet with three-straight points from upperclassmen. Junior Kara Kaufmann scored a season-high 75 points in her victory before senior Lauren Diaz improved to 3-0 with a 74.5-72.5 win over Sarah Miller. Senior Kelsey Jung capped the scoring in the event with another 74.5-72.5 victory, moving to 3-0 on the year.
Auburn saw three points from Equitation Over Fences with the first once again coming from Iannotti. She edged her opponent, 87-86, for win No. 3 on the year in the event. Freshman McKayla Langmeier continued her winning ways in Fences, topping Sydnie Ziegler, 85-66. Alexander finished things up with 81 points in her victory to stay undefeated.
A pair of sophomores earned Reining victories in Deanna Green and Terri-June Granger. Green topped Hunter DeJane with a 70-68.5 win and Granger capped the evening with an edge over Stephanie Helsen, 69-68.5.
Auburn will return to conference play when the No. 2 Texas A&M Aggies visit the Auburn University Equestrian Center at 3 p.m. CT, Nov. 2. This meet will be the last home meet of the fall season and admission is free.
#1 AUBURN 12, #5 Oklahoma State 7
Equitation Over Fences
Hayley Iannotti (AU) def. Hannah Janson (OSU), 87-86
Abigail Brayman (OSU)* def. Caitlin Boyle (AU), 90-88
McKayla Langmeier (AU) def. Sydnie Ziegler (OSU), 85-66
Cassidy Wilbourn (OSU) def. Taylor St. Jacques (AU), 82-77
Ashton Alexander (AU) def. Katie Schell (OSU), 81-79
Equitation on the Flat
Hayley Iannotti (AU) def. Sydnie Ziegler (OSU), 80-74
Taylor St. Jacques (AU) tied Abigail Brayman (OSU), 86-86
Emma Kurtz (AU) def. Molly Dunn (OSU), 72-63
Caitlin Boyle (AU)* def. Katie Schell (OSU), 81-64
Ashton Alexander (AU) def. Hannah Janson (OSU), 79-78
Kara Kaufmann (AU) def. Maddie Bender (OSU), 75-74
Lauren Diaz (AU) def. Sarah Miller (OSU), 74.5-72.5
Kelsey Jung (AU) def. Paige Kemper (OSU), 74.5-72.5
Natalie Alcorn (OSU)* def. Taylor Searles (AU), 76-74.5
Harley Huff (OSU) def. Deanna Green (AU), 74.5-74
Hannah Lovrien (OSU)* def. Betsy Brown (AU), 70.5-66
Hannah Mitchell (OSU) def. Blair McFairlin (AU), 70-68.5
Deanna Green (AU) def. Hunter DeJane (OSU), 70-68.5
Kristi Wiggins (OSU) def. Ali Fratessa (AU), 70-69
Terri-June Granger (AU) def. Stephanie Helsen (OSU), 69-68.5
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NO. 10 GEORGIA UPSETS NO. 5 OKLAHOMA STATE IN HOME OPENER
BISHOP, Ga. --- The No. 10 Georgia equestrian team earned its first win of the season with a 13-6 victory to upset No. 5 Oklahoma State at the UGA Equestrian Complex on Saturday.
The meet served as the team's "Pink Meet" with the Bulldogs dedicating their rides to those affected by cancer. The Bulldogs swept Most Outstanding Performance honors with Maddy Darst (Equitation Over Fences), Ali Tritschler (Equitation on the Flat), Graysen Stroud (Horsemanship), and Julia Spreng (Reining) being recognized for their rides.
"It's a great feeling," Georgia head coach Meghan Boenig said after the win. "We needed to get out here and compete at home. We had a lot of confident rides and a lot of good rides. A lot of tricky things happened and the riders still pulled through for us. What was so wonderful, really, was seeing the teamwork happen. It was us getting to show everyone together and this win is not just about the people that rode today, it's everyone behind the scenes too and that feels really special."
Georgia held a slight advantage after Equitation Over Fences, earning three points. Senior captain Emma Mandarino led off for the Bulldogs riding to an event-high score of 87 over OSU's Katie Schell's 81. Junior Maddy Darst earned the next point for Georgia with an 84-73 victory. Junior Ali Tritschler earned the final Bulldog point of the event with a score of 80 to defeat Cassidy Wilbourn's 76.
Georgia extended its lead in Horsemanship, winning the event 3-2. OSU took the first point before UGA won the next three. Lila Owens defeated Maddie Bender, 74.5-72.5, before Lexie Lane bested her opponent, 76-57.5. Senior captain Graysen Stroud rode to an event-high 78 over Harley Huff's 76.5. The Cowgirls won the final point of the event.
The Bulldogs secured the win over the Cowgirls in Equitation on the Flat, adding four points. Sophomore Hayley Mairano rode to a score of 83 to better OSU's Abigail Brayman's 76. Maddy Darst pushed her point with a tie score of 78, before the Bulldogs grabbed another point with an 83-77 win from Madison Newman. Ali Tritschler and Grace Bridges claimed the final two points of the event with scores of 82 and 78, respectively.
Georgia added three points in Reining. The Cowgirls won the first two points of the event before junior Julia Spreng edged her opponent, 70.5-70 to claim a point for the Bulldogs. Jordan Carpenter added a point for Georgia with a score of 72. With the final ride of the day, Graysen Stroud was granted a re-ride before scoring a 71 to secure the point.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Friday, November 9 when the Auburn Tigers come to the UGA Equestrian Complex for a meet scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.