AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 3 Auburn equestrian team defeated No. 4 Texas A&M, 11-9, Saturday at the Auburn University Horse Center. The Tigers improve to 2-1 (1-1 SEC) on the year, while the Aggies fall to 1-2 (0-2 SEC).
“We had a good win over the defending national champions,” Auburn head coach Greg Williams said. “We still need to cut out some mistakes and increase our efforts in some areas so we will be more solid when we are on the road.
“I’m very proud of our Most Outstanding Player awards, and it was an outstanding performance by our Hunt Seat riders.”
Christina Lin swept the MOP awards for both Hunt Seat events as she picked up her first two MOPs on the season.
The score was tied, 5-5, at intermission as Auburn won equitation over fences, 3-2, while Texas A&M picked up the 3-2 win in Western reining.
The Tigers picked up points from Lin, Jennifer Waxman and Megan Bifano, as Lin defeated Leah Chenelle, 88-79, Waxman defeated Shelby Lawson, 83-76, and Bifano picked up the point over Kat Barkema, 77-40.
In reining, Auburn’s Indy Roper defeated Logan Pluhar, 71.5-70, and Cheyenne Cracraft defeated Becca Murray, 70-69.
Auburn distanced itself in the second half as it won equitation on the flat, 4-1. Horsemanship fell, 3-2, but it wouldn’t be enough for Texas A&M to get the victory.
In equitation on the flat, Jennifer Delman, Anna Becker, Lin and Lindsay Portela earned four points for the Tigers. Delman defeated Hannah Williams, 84-64, Becker defeated Emily Williams, 69-61, Lin defeated Kelsi Shevlin, 84-67, and Portela defeated Paige Russel, 72-69.
Indy Roper started strong for Auburn in horsemanship, defeating Molli Jacobs, 76-73.5, and Katsy Leeman finished the job and picked up the last point for the Tigers, defeating Cassie Mantor, 71-66.5.
Auburn will have three weekends off and will return to action to finish out the fall portion of the season as it takes on No. 1 Georgia on Friday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. CT from the Auburn University Horse Center.