BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference’s four equestrian teams continue to headline the latest coaches poll of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, announced on Wednesday. Georgia retains the No. 1 national ranking after a 17-5 victory over Texas A&M, with whom it previously shared the nation’s top spot, this past Sunday.
South Carolina moved up two spots in this week’s poll to No. 2 following a season-opening victory against Oklahoma State, which currently is ranked sixth. Auburn retains its No. 3 spot in this week’s rankings also following a win against the Cowgirls. The Aggies, who defeated South Dakota State in the first week of the season before falling to Georgia on Sunday, drop to No. 4 in the latest poll.
Auburn and South Carolina will each compete in their first SEC vs. SEC competition on Thursday, when the two squads square off in Blythewood, S.C. That competition is the only one taking place this week that involves an SEC team.
The collegiate coaches competing under the National Collegiate Equestrian Association’s umbrella initiated the national poll. The poll will be released bi-monthly with the next announcement scheduled for Oct. 17.
The inaugural SEC equestrian championships are set to take place March 29-30, 2013 at Auburn, Ala.
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Equestrian Coaches Poll (Oct. 3, 2012)
1. Georgia (108)
2. South Carolina (83)
3. Auburn (82)
4. Texas A&M (81)
5. Baylor (64)
6. Oklahoma State (62)
7. Kansas State (41)
8. Texas Christian (36)
9. New Mexico State (14)
10. Southern Methodist (13)
Also Receiving Votes: Tennessee-Martin (8), Fresno State (7), Delaware State (3), South Dakota State (3).