Auburn equestrian falls in semifinals to Georgia

March 28, 2014

Elizabeth Benson earned MOP honors in equitation in the flat (Anthony Hall photo)
 

Auburn
#4 Auburn
(9-5)

 
Fences
Flat
Reining
H'ship
F
 #4 Auburn
2
3
2
1
8
 #3 Georgia
3
2
3
4
12
Georgia
#3 Georgia
(10-3)
 

 
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. - The fourth-ranked Auburn equestrian team fell to third-ranked Georgia, 12-8, in the semifinal matchups of the SEC Championships, 12-8, in Blythewood, S.C., Friday afternoon. The Tigers will compete on Saturday in the consolation bracket at approximately 1 p.m. ET against Texas A&M (weather permitting).

“It was a disappointing loss and we had a few rides we would love to do over, but there was no lack of try from the Auburn ladies,” said head coach Greg Williams. “I'm really proud of this team, and as gritty and talented as they are, they are in fine shape to pull it off at the National Championships. Their spirits are good so we hope for a solid outing in the consolation bracket tomorrow.”

Auburn (9-5) came out of hunt seat competition splitting the 10 matches with Georgia for an even 5-5 score, winning equitation in the flat, 3-2, but falling 2-3 in equitation over fences. On the western side, the Tigers fell 1-4 in horsemanship and 2-3 in reining.

The meet kicked off with competition in the flat where Demi Stiegler, Elizabeth Benson and Christina Lin were all winners. Benson posted a meet-high 164 from the two judges to earn MOP honors, her third of the season in the event.

Simultaneously, on the western ring, the reining lineup saw wins from Hailey Munger and Katsy Leeman. Leeman also took home the MOP, her third of the year, with a two-judge score of 133.5

After the intermission, the riders took to the horsemanship competition where the Tigers saw one victory for Lacy Watson, scoring a 137.5. In equitation over fences, Auburn pulled wins from Benson and Quincy Hayes.

MOP’s
Equitation over Fences- Liza Finsness
Horsemanship- Sara Parr, Georgia
Equitation in the Flat- Elizabeth Benson, Auburn
Reining- Katsy Leeman, Auburn