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    SEC Equestrian History

    By: Sean Cartell
    Twitter: @SEC_Sean
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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The 2012-13 academic year will mark the first season that the Southeastern Conference has sponsored the sport of equestrian. Despite that fact, the four programs that currently comprise the SEC have a rich history of elite success in the sport.

    Since the National Collegiate Equestrian Association began contesting a national championship in 2002, the only four programs to ever win a national championship in the sport of equestrian are the four members of the SEC: Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas A&M. The annual NCEA Championships are held in Waco, Texas, each year.

    Georgia has tallied a league-leading five overall national championships, including three consecutive from 2008-10. Auburn, South Carolina and Texas A&M each have two overall national titles to their credit.

    The three schools of the formerly 12-member SEC have been contesting a yearly Southern Equestrian Championship since 2003, which in 2012-13 will be replaced by the first-ever SEC Championship, involving all four schools.

    The Southern Equestrian Championships were held on campus sites on a rotating basis. Georgia won a league-leading six Southern Equestrian Championship titles, while Auburn captured three and South Carolina one.

    Year-by-Year Southern Equestrian Champions
    2003 – Georgia
    2004 – Auburn
    2005 – Georgia
    2006 – Georgia
    2007 – Georgia
    2008 – Georgia
    2009 – Georgia
    2010 – Auburn
    2011 – Auburn
    2012 – South Carolina

    Year-by-Year NCEA Overall National Champions
    2002 – Texas A&M
    2003 – Georgia
    2004 – Georgia
    2005 – South Carolina
    2006 – Auburn
    2007 – South Carolina
    2008 – Georgia
    2009 – Georgia
    2010 – Georgia
    2011 – Auburn
    2012 – Texas A&M

    Year-by-Year NCEA Hunt Seat National Champions
    2002 – Georgia
    2003 – Georgia
    2004 – Georgia
    2005 – South Carolina
    2006 – South Carolina
    2007 – South Carolina
    2008 – Auburn
    2009 – Georgia
    2010 – Georgia
    2011 – Auburn
    2012 – Baylor

    Year-by-Year NCEA Western National Champions
    2002 – Texas A&M
    2003 – Oklahoma State
    2004 – Oklahoma State
    2005 – Texas A&M
    2006 – Oklahoma State
    2007 – Texas A&M
    2008 – TCU
    2009 – Texas A&M
    2010 – Texas A&M
    2011 – Texas A&M
    2012 – Texas A&M