THREE SEC TEAMS IN ACTION THIS WEEK
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Three Southeastern Conference equestrian teams are in action this week, as No. 1 Georgia travels to No. 3 Auburn for a 4 p.m. ET competition on Friday and then No. 4 Texas A&M plays host to non-conference foe Fresno State on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET.
The four equestrian programs of the SEC continue to hold the nation’s top-four spots in the latest poll as Auburn checks in at No. 3 and Texas A&M is No. 4 in the rankings released last Wednesday
The SEC announced its first-ever Riders of the Month last Wednesday with Texas A&M’s Emily Williams being named SEC Equitation Over Fences Rider of the Month, Georgia’s Kylee Arbuckle being named SEC Equitation On The Flat Rider of the Month and Auburn’s Indy Roper being named both SEC Horsemanship and Reining Rider of the Month.
Last week, in the only SEC equestrian competition, No. 2 South Carolina upset No. 1 Georgia 11-8 at Bishop, Ga. It marked the second time Georgia had dropped a regular season meet at home. The Bulldogs were 50-1 during the regular season at home entering Friday's meet.
SEC EQUESTRIAN QUICK NOTES
• At the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla., this past June, the decision was made for equestrian to become the conference’s 21st sport and the first to be added to the league since softball in 1997.
• Legislative action, which took place during the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, was necessary to allow for the addition of equestrian. Previously, one-third of league institutions would need to sponsor a sport in order for the conference to hold a championship event in that sport. With 12 members, that number was previous four institutions. With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, the new legislation will allow that number to remain at four for the sponsoring of new sports.
• Four members of the SEC - Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas A&M - currently sponsor equestrian. The four current members of the SEC are the only teams in the history of the sport to win NCEA Overall Team National Championships.
• Georgia has tallied a league-leading five overall national championships, including three consecutive from 2008-10. Auburn, South Carolina and Texas A&M each have two overall national titles to their credit.
• Auburn University has been selected to play host to the inaugural Southeastern Conference equestrian championship. The event will take place March 29-30, 2013 at the Auburn University Horse Center.
• Texas A&M is the defending NCEA overall team national champion and has won four consecutive NCEA western championships.
• The three schools of the formerly 12-member SEC have been contesting a yearly Southern Equestrian Championship since 2003, which in 2012-13 will be replaced by the first-ever SEC Championship, involving all four schools.
• The Southern Equestrian Championships were held on campus sites on a rotating basis. Georgia won a league-leading six Southern Equestrian Championship titles, while Auburn captured three and South Carolina one.
LATEST EQUESTRIAN COACHES POLL
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)
After three weeks of competition, the No. 3 Auburn equestrian team has had a few weeks off before its last meet of the fall portion of the season. The Tigers sit at 2-1 (1-1 SEC), coming off an 11-9 victory over No. 4 Texas A&M on Oct. 13. Auburn will host No. 1 Georgia on Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. CT.
The University of Georgia equestrian team suffered its first setback of the season last weekend at the hands of No. 2 South Carolina. Despite the 11-8 loss, the Bulldogs had some strong rides, with Carly Anthony and Abby O'Mara earning MOP honors in Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences, respectively. Anthony's score of 76 was a competition high in Equitation on the Flat, while O'Mara's score of 84 was also a meet best. The Bulldogs take to the road to face the Auburn Tigers on Friday, Nov. 9 in Auburn, Ala.
No. 2 South Carolina is off to a 3-0 start this season, its best start since at least the 2005-2006 season… The Gamecocks upset No. 1 Georgia, 11-8, on Friday at the UGA Equestrian Complex… Last Friday's win over the Bulldogs marked South Carolina's second straight victory over Georgia at the UGA Equestrian Complex, as the Gamecocks previously defeated Georgia on March 31 to win the 2012 Southern Equestrian Championship… This year marks the first time South Carolina has started a season 3-0 in the dual meet era… Team captains Audrey Jewell and Amber Henter are a combined 6-0 for the Gamecocks this season, with each rider boasting a 3-0 individual record… Jewell won her first Most Outstanding Player award of the season in South Carolina's win over Georgia on Nov. 2, her time earning the nod since the 2010-2011 season… Sophomore Layla Choate is also 3-0 for the Gamecocks in reining… Senior Kimberly McCormack and freshman Sally Henry are both tied for the team lead in wins with four apiece… Freshman Kelsey Urban won her first career point in the win over Georgia, and earned her first career Most Outstanding Player award in the process, becoming the first Gamecock freshman to win an M.O.P. at Georgia… South Carolina wraps up fall competition next week when the Gamecocks travel to face Texas A&M (Nov. 16), Baylor (Nov. 17), and a Hunt Seat meet at SMU (Nov. 18).
A pair of wins over SMU (hunt seat) and TCU (western) in the first home meet of the season improved the Aggies to 3-2 overall in 2012. No. 4 A&M boasts 11 of a possible 16 Most Outstanding Player (MOP) awards after five contests and swept the honors last weekend. The Aggies continue their four-meet home stand on Nov. 10 against Fresno State before hosting SEC foe South Carolina in the fall finale on Nov. 16. Senior Emily Williams (over fences) is the only SEC rider in any discipline with a perfect 4-0 record this season. On the western side, horsemanship senior Laura Brainard has recorded three straight MOP performances, each against top 10 teams, to lead the league in individual honors. Williams took the first-ever SEC Rider of the Month award for over fences with a perfect 4-0 record and one MOP, earned against No. 1 UGA.