Auburn Takes Care of Baylor
WACO, Texas -
The second-ranked Auburn equestrian team came from behind to beat the sixth-ranked Baylor Bears, 1603.75-1599.5, in raw score Saturday. Auburn improved to 9-2 (4-2 SEC), while Baylor fell to 10-5 (3-3 Big 12).
“Our girls rode really well,” Auburn head coach Greg Williams said. “Even though we only picked up one MOP, I feel really good about their efforts. Baylor did a great job hosting and rode really well themselves, so I am proud of the girls for coming away with a road win.”
The meet ended in a 10-10 tie, forcing the raw score decision, as Baylor won Hunt Seat, 6-4, and Auburn won Western, 6-4.
The Tigers earned points over fences from Hasbrouck Donovan (79-73), Jennifer Waxman (87-81) and Elizabeth Benson (88-86). Donovan was the only Auburn rider to earn a point on the flat (86-75).
“It was a total team effort today,” Donovan said. “We were able to get off to a strong start over fences while western finished on top in reining. The support and cheering from the girls has been contagious in the arena.”
Auburn utilized strong rides in both horsemanship and reining to pull even with Baylor after the final two events, as the Tigers won each Western event, 3-2.
Indy Roper (73.5-69), Stephanie Rucci (74.5-71) and Griffin Knight (72.5-72) earned points in horsemanship, while Roper (73.5-72.5), Hailey Munger (72-67.5) and MOP winner Cheyenne Cracraft (72.5-71) won their points in reining.
“Overall, the entire team rode well,” Cracraft said. “This is the perfect time of year to be on the road because it challenges our ability, as well as our adaptability. I am very proud of how the reiners rode today. We knew we had ot ride with confidence in order to succeed, and that is exactly what we did. Being named MOP is an honor, and I really enjoyed the horse I rode. I’m certainly the most proud of how the entire team rode in order to get the win.”
Auburn returns to action Sunday in its final regular season meet at eighth-ranked TCU. The meet is set to begin at 10 a.m. CT.
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Georgia Notches Win on Senior Day
BISHOP, Ga. - The No. 1 University of Georgia equestrian team took a 15-3 win over UT-Martin on Saturday afternoon, March 2, at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga. Prior to the start of the meet, the Bulldogs honored their seniors who have combined for over 227 points in their careers in the Red and Black. The Bulldogs improve to 7-4 on the season.
For the second meet in a row, the Bulldogs swept the MOP awards, with Carly Anthony (Equitation on the Flat), Sarah Milliren (Equitation Over Fences), Paige Stawicki (Horsemanship) and McKenzie Lantz (Reining), each picking up the honor.
Georgia started the competition with a 3-2 win in Equitation Over Fences. Milliren scored the first point of the day for Georgia, picking up MOP honors with her 83-78 win over Kara Bergenty. Abby O’Mara followed with an 83-76 win over Katie Miranda that gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. Nora Wilson scored UT-Martins first point with her 80-70 win. Megan Southam sealed Georgia’s 3-2 win in Equitation Over Fences with a 79-68 victory over Hunter Ralston. Reid Rickett rounded out the competition with an 81-78 win that gave UT-Martin its second point of the day.
The Bulldogs swept UT-Martin in Horsemanship 4-0 behind winning rides by Maria Salazar, Megan Hawkins, Anna Sasser, Brittany Lynch and Stawicki. Salazar led off with a 73-68 win over Michelle Chulock. Hawkins extended Georgia’s Horsemanship lead to 2-0 after defeating Laurel Ellzey 77.5-70.5 Sasser and Amy Guenther rode to a 74-74 tie before Lynch grabbed a 67-62.5 win over Taylor Evans. Stawicki wrapped up the Horsemanship competition with her MOP-winning 79.5-67.5 win over Candice Fulcher.
Holding a 7-2 lead in the competition, Georgia swept Equitation on the Flat 5-0. Southam started the run with her 80-72 win over Rickett. Caitlyn Francis then picked up an 88-84 win over Ralston to extend Georgia’a lead to 2-0 in the event. Anthony followed with her MOP-winning, 87-80 victory over Mykaela VanSelus that brought the score to 3-0. Gleeson rode to a 76-63 win over Bergenty before Grace Rogers sealed the sweep with her 85-80 win over Emily Candelmo.
Leading 12-2, Georgia sealed the 15-3 win over UT-Martin with a 3-1 win in Reining. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the event, with Lantz, Samantha Belcher and Becca Haaland each scoring a winning ride. Lantz got the event started with her MOP-winning 69-64.5 win over Laney Hixson. Belcher then defeated Guenther 71.5-68.5 to give Georgia a 2-0 edge. Haaland scored Georgia’s final point of the day with her 69-62.5 victory over Fulcher.
Georgia closes out the regular season next Friday, March 8, when it travels to College Station, Texas to take on Texas A&M.