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    SEC Equestrian Today: Friday, November 22

    Auburn Equestrian Downs No. 1 in Second Straight Meet

    AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn equestrian team accomplished what few teams have the opportunity to do, upset a No. 1-ranked team in two consecutive meets. With a 10-9 victory, the Tigers took down No. 1 Baylor in Waco, Texas, Friday afternoon, after defeating then No. 1 Georgia one week ago.

    It came down to the final ride of the meet. With the score notched at 7-7, the reining competition would decide the meet’s outcome. Auburn and Baylor split the first four rides 2-2, leaving the victory in the hands of sophomore Hailey Munger. Needing to beat out Baylor’s score of 66.5, Munger posted a meet-winning 67 to edge the Bears.

    “It was an incredible win,” said head coach Greg Williams. “The girls stayed in it all the way until the end. We had great performances on the hutnseat side in both events, and clutch rides from reiners to close out the win. And congrats to Demi (Stiegler) in picking up MOP in the flat.”

    Auburn improves to 4-1 overall on the season.

    Due to the cold and rainy weather, the meet was moved to a single ring. It began with equitation over fences where the Tigers jumped out to a 3-2 lead. Christina Lin got her fifth win in over fences to remain unbeaten in the event. Elizabeth Benson and Demi Stiegler also picked up victories.

    With a split ring handling both horsemanship and equitation in the flat, the meet remained close. Auburn won equitation in the flat, 3-2, to make the final hunt seat score, 6-4 for the meet. Twice the Tigers had scores over 90. Stiegler posted a 96, the highest score in the country this season, and Megan Bifano registered a 92 to win their head-to-head matchups. Lin added the final win of the event with an 86. Steigler earned Most Outstanding Player for her score.

    Baylor dominated in horsemanship 3-1, to bring the team score to 7-7 leading into reining. Lucy Igoe got the only horsemanship win for Auburn.

    A 3-2 reining score, which eventually gave Auburn the win, helped improve the Tigers to 17-7-1 on the season in the discipline. After dropping the first point to Baylor, Knight tied the meet a win, followed by a score of 71 by Cheyenne Cracraft which pulled Auburn ahead by one. When Katsy Leeman’s score didn’t hold, the meet fell in the hands of Munger.
     




    No. 4 Georgia Falls to No. 7 Kansas State

    MANHATTAN, Kan.- The No. 4 Georgia equestrian team dropped a 13-7 decision to the seventh-ranked Kansas State Wildcats Friday, Nov. 22 at the Timbercreek Stables Equestrian Complex in Manhattan, Kansas. Highlighting the meet was McKenzie Lantz (Reining), Kylee Arbuckle (Equitation Over Fences), and Paige Stawicki (Horsemanship) winning MOP honors. Georgia is now 3-2 on the season.

    “Kansas State put on a great competition and really rode well today,” Head Coach Meghan Boenig said. “My hat goes off to our MOP winners, as each had outstanding rides. We learned some things today, which will only make us better as we progress into the rest of the season. We have to keep stepping up and realize that our competitors are going to be doing the same. I am excited that we have the opportunity to rebound tomorrow against TCU and build off of some of the things we learned today.”

    The Wildcats took an early lead, defeating the Bulldogs 3-2 in Over Fences. KSU picked up the first point, which was answered by an 85-84 decision by UGA’s Liza Finsness. The Wildcats went on to take the next point, but Georgia’s Arbuckle rode to an MOP-earning 86-81 victory knotting the score at 2-2. The Wildcats sealed the 3-2 win when Madison Wayda earned an 85-83 victory over Megan Southam.

    KSU grabbed a 4-1 decision in Equitation on the Flat. The lone point for Georgia came from senior Olivia Dorey, who earned an 85-80 victory over KSU’s Henley Adkins. At the half, the Bulldogs trailed the Wildcats in overall score 7-3.

    Georgia used strong rides in Horsemanship to take the event 3-2. Rachel Kolb picked up the first point for the Bulldogs, defeating KSU’s Kelly Bovaird 73-72.5. The Wildcats grabbed the next point, but Georgia’s Heather Schmidt answered with a 71.5-66.5 win that gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage. KSU tied the score at 2-2 before Stawicki’s 76-74.5 MOP-earning ride sealed the event 3-2. Georgia trailed the Wildcats by three at 9-6 going into the Reining portion of the event.

    In Reining, KSU picked up the first two points before Lantz defeated Bovaird 71.5-69, earning MOP honors along the way. KSU took the final two points of the meet to seal the 4-1 win in Reining and the 13-7 overall win.

    The Bulldogs travel to Fort Worth, Texas tomorrow, November 23 to take on the eighth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs. The meet is slated to begin at noon.