BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The South Carolina equestrian program has rocketed to the nation’s No. 1 spot and the four programs of the Southeastern Conference continue to maintain the top-four positions nationally in the latest poll of the collegiate equestrian coaches, which was released on Wednesday morning.
South Carolina is ranked No. 1 for the first time since October 2009 after starting the season 3-0 and beating then-No. 1 Georgia on Nov. 2 in Bishop, Ga. The Gamecocks picked up nine of 10 first-place votes in this most recent poll.
Auburn moves up one spot to No. 2 after claiming a 13-7 victory against then-top-ranked Georgia last Friday. The Bulldogs, who have lost to both Auburn and Georgia in the past two weeks, drop to No. 3 in the latest poll. Texas A&M remains at No. 4 in this week’s rankings.
Kansas State, which leads the nation with six wins this season, is ranked No. 5, while Oklahoma State is No. 6 and TCU checks in at No. 7. Baylor (No. 8), New Mexico State (No. 9) and SMU (No. 10) round out the national top-10 this week.
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. 28.
The inaugural SEC equestrian championships are set to take place March 29-30, 2013 at Auburn, Ala.
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Equestrian Coaches Poll (Nov. 14, 2012)
1. South Carolina (99)
2. Auburn (88)
3. Georgia (77)
4. Texas A&M (68)
5. Kansas State (59)
6. Oklahoma State (49)
7. Texas Christian (38)
8. Baylor (31)
9. New Mexico State (11)
10. Southern Methodist (8)
Also Receiving Votes: Fresno State (7), Tennessee-Martin (7), South Dakota State (6), Delaware State (1)