BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The four equestrian programs of the Southeastern Conference continue to hold the nation’s top-four spots in the latest coaches poll of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, which was announced on Wednesday. Georgia maintains the nation’s top spot, which it has held for the entire season.
The No. 1 Bulldogs are 2-0 overall and coming off a 14-10 win against Baylor on Oct. 12. South Carolina checks in at No. 2 in the poll, also holding a 2-0 record after defeating Auburn on Oct. 4. The Tigers are ranked No. 3 in the latest poll and return to action on Nov. 9 vs. Georgia. Texas A&M checks in at No. 4 following a hunter seat win against SMU and a western victory against TCU on Oct. 26.
The remainder of the nation’s top-10 includes No. 5 Kansas State, No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 7 TCU, No. 8 Baylor, No. 9 New Mexico State and No. 10 SMU.
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 Nov. 14.
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. 31, 2012)
1. Georgia (79)
2. South Carolina (70)
3. Auburn (64)
4. Texas A&M (53)
5. Kansas State (46)
6. Oklahoma State (39)
7. TCU (26)
8. Baylor (24)
9. New Mexico State (9)
10. SMU (7)
Also Receiving Votes: Fresno State (5), Delaware State (2), UT-Martin (1).