Feb. 18, 2012
Auburn, Ala. - -
The top-ranked Auburn equestrian team fell to No. 3 Georgia by a raw score total of 1564.25-1562.75 Saturday at the Auburn University Horse Center, after both teams were tied, 8-8, at the conclusion of the meet. The Tigers fell to 7-2 on the season, while the Bulldogs improved to 8-1.
“We made too many mistakes to beat a team like Georgia,” Auburn head coach Greg Williams said. “I think the caliber of the rides was only what kept it close because we had major errors in fences. We had major errors in the Reining and then Horsemanship and even some on the Flat. We always talk about trying to stay out of the penalties, and this was one time we didn’t.
“I think we were really mentally prepared. I think we wanted to win. They were really upbeat and ready. There was nothing flat about them at all. The fact is, they’ve had some of the best pushes that I’ve seen all year, and I was happy with some of that. Just too many mistakes. We just really let somebody come in and beat us at home, and that’s disappointing.”
Auburn tied Georgia, 2-2, in both Equitation over Fences and on the Flat. In Equitation over Fences, the Tigers earned a point from MVP Maggie McAlary, as she defeated Georgia’s Carly Anthony, 85-83. Grace Socha defeated Isabel Jolioeur, 81-77, to earn the other point for Auburn. The Bulldogs’ Abby O’Mara defeated Quincy Hayes, 82-66, and Olivia Dorey defeated Christina Lin, 83-76, to score the two points for Georgia. Auburn’s Jennifer Waxman tied with Michelle Morris, 78-78.
In Equitation on the Flat, Jennifer Delman defeated Morris, 78-74, and McAlary defeated Melanie Carraway, 83-72, to score Auburn’s two points. Anthony took home an MVP honor for Georgia, defeating Anna Becker, 91-72, and Grace Rogers earned the Bulldogs’ second point, defeating Lin, 78-75.
In the Western ring, Auburn and Georgia split events, as the Tigers defeated the Bulldogs, 2-1, in Horsemanship, while Georgia won, 3-2, in Reining.
Auburn earned its two Reining points from MVP Indy Roper and Jillian Fuller. Roper defeated Samantha Belcher, 74.5-72, and Fuller defeated Becca Haaland, 73-70. For Georgia, Kelly Truesdell defeated Kristin Hansen, 74.5-73, Lauren Tieche defeated Cheyenne Cracraft, 71.5-70, and McKenzie Lantz defeated Stephanie Rucci, 72-69.5.
In Horsemanship, the Tigers earned points from Roper and Katie Buff. Roper defeated Sara Parr, 74.5-56.5, and Buff defeated Katelyn Van Allen, 72.5-70. The Bulldogs’ lone point came from MVP Megan Hawkins as she defeated Rucci, 73-61.5. Auburn’s Danielle Long and Katsy Leeman tied Georgia’s Marie Salazar and Paige Stawicki, respectively, all with scores of 73.5.
During intermission of the meet, the members of Auburn’s 2011-12 senior class were recognized for their accomplishments on the equestrian team. The 2011-12 AUET seniors are Anna Beck, Rachel Cooper, Jillian Fuller, Kelsey George, Kristin Hansen, Maggie McAlary and Grace Socha.
Auburn returns to action next Saturday as it takes on No. 5 South Carolina in Blythewood, S.C., at 9 a.m. CT.