BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The four equestrian programs of the Southeastern Conference headline the first preseason equestrian coaches poll of the 2012-13 season, it was announced Wednesday.
The 2012-13 campaign marks the first year the SEC is sponsoring the sport of equestrian.
Georgia and Texas A&M, the two programs who will meet in the first-ever head-to-head SEC equestrian competition on Sept. 30 at Bishop, Ga., are both tied for the nation’s top spot. Auburn is the nation’s third-ranked team, while South Carolina checks in at No. 4.
Texas A&M is the defending NCEA overall team national champion and has won four consecutive NCEA western championships. Georgia is coming off its second consecutive NCEA reserve championship and has won a league-leading five overall national titles.
South Carolina captured last season’s Southern Equestrian Championships, an unofficial precursor to the SEC Championships, while Auburn also placed among the top-five nationally in both disciplines at last season’s NCEA Championship.
The four programs of the SEC are the only teams to win NCEA overall national team championships in the event’s history.
The coaches poll will be released bi-monthly, with the next announcement scheduled for Oct. 3, 2012
The inaugural SEC equestrian championships are set to take place March 29-30, 2013 at Auburn, Ala.
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Equestrian Coaches Poll (Sept. 19, 2012)
T1. Georgia (82)
T1. Texas A&M (82)
3. Auburn (63)
4. South Carolina (61)
5. Oklahoma State (57)
6. Baylor (40)
7. Kansas State (35)
8. TCU (31)
9. Fresno State (13)
10. New Mexico State (12)
Also Receiving Votes: SMU, Delaware State, UT-Martin, South Dakota State, West Texas A&M.