No. 3 Auburn Equestrian Wins Season Opener Against No. 5 Oklahoma State
AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 3 Auburn equestrian team defeated No. 5 Oklahoma State, 10-9, Friday at the Auburn University Horse Center in the Tigers’ season-opening meet.
The Tigers rode to high marks in each discipline and pulled out the narrow victory behind strong rides from their veterans and freshmen. Three of the meet’s four MVP awards went to Auburn riders.
“We rode really well,” Auburn head coach Greg Williams said. “I was actually hoping we could pick up a few more points that could’ve gone our way. Oklahoma State is good, and we knew they were going to be good coming in. I say you have to give them a lot of kudos coming in on the road and battling like that.”
Auburn defeated the Cowgirls 6-4 in Hunt Seat, but fell 5-4 in Western.
The Tigers fell 3-2 in equitation over fences, but earned points from MVP Jennifer Waxman and freshman Elizabeth Benson. Waxman defeated OSU’s Sarah Gesick, 92-85, and Benson picked up the point with an 86-84 win over Samantha Harrison.
Auburn and Oklahoma State tied, 2-2, in horsemanship, as Katsy Leeman defeated Lindsey McMullen, 78-76, and Katie Buff defeated Ty Paris, 76.5-74.
Oklahoma State led, 5-4, at intermission, but the Tigers rallied in equitation on the flat and performed well in reining.
Auburn handily defeated the Cowgirls, 4-1, in equitation on the flat behind strong rides from Jennifer Delman, Christina Lin, Lindsay Portela and Benson, who picked up her first career MVP honor in her first collegiate meet.
Delman defeated Amy White, 95-69, Lin defeated Ellie Sparks, 94-80, Portela defeated Ali Rose, 86-78, and Benson defeated Andrea Robbins, 97-90.
The Tigers fell, 3-2, in reining, but did enough to seal the victory as MVP Indy Roper defeated Justine Peters, 71.5-71, and Cheyenne Cracraft defeated Jenna Blumer, 71.5-71.
Auburn returns to action Thursday, Oct. 4, as it travels to Blythewood, S.C., to take on No. 4 South Carolina.