Aggies Take First SEC Win with 10-7 Victory over No. 2 Auburn
BRYAN, Texas – The sixth-ranked Texas A&M equestrian team (5-5, 1-4 SEC) earned its first-ever Southeastern Conference victory with a 10-7 win over No. 2 Auburn (8-2, 4-2 SEC) Friday at the Brazos County Expo Complex.
The Aggies avenged a loss to the Tigers earlier this season with the win, and will close out regular-season competition with a home meet with No. 1 Georgia on Friday, March 8.
The teams competed in the North Arena only, with disciplines riding one at-a-time. Equitation over fences was the first to compete, followed by horsemanship, equitation on the flat and reining.
Auburn earned a narrow 3-2 victory in over fences, and the Aggies picked up wins from Marlena Parker and Emily Williams.
A 3-1 A&M win in horsemanship propelled the Aggies into a 5-4 lead after Molli Jacobs, Caroline Ammons and Amanda Brightwell each bested their opponents in the event.
In flat, Auburn earned a point first to even the meet total at 5-5 before the Aggies took three straight rides and tied in the last to earn a 3-1 flat victory and take an 8-5 lead on the Tigers.
The meet came down to the final event, reining, and A&M secured an overall victory with a 2-2 tie in that discipline. Becca Murray and Ashley Skold rode first and their wins were all the Aggies needed to nab their first SEC win.