Auburn equestrian downs Texas A&M for third in SEC

March 29, 2014

Katsy Leeman earned her second straight MOP honor in reining. (Anthony Hall photo)
 

Auburn
#4 Auburn
(10-5)

 
Fences
Flat
Reining
H'ship
F
 Texas A&M
2
1
1
4
8
 #4 Auburn
3
4
2
1
10
Texas A&M
Texas A&M
(10-3)
 

 BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. - The fourth-ranked Auburn equestrian team defeated Texas A&M, 10-8 in the consolation bracket to take third place at the 2014 SEC Championships in Blythewood, S.C., Saturday afternoon.

"It was nice to finish with a win after the disappointment of not playing for the Championship," head coach Greg Williams said. "I am really proud of the three MVPs the ladies picked up today. This is a great group of athletes and I hope they are ready to fire on all cylinders in a couple of weeks at the National Championships."

With the victory, Auburn (10-5) has posted 10-win seasons for the sixth time in 12 seasons under Williams.

The Tigers came out strong with a 4-1 win in equitation in the flat. Demi Stiegler, Elizabeth Benson, Jennifer Delman and Christina Lin were all winners. Lin posted a meet-high 168 from the two judges to earn MOP honors, her first of the season in the event.

The meet then went to reining and the Tigers continued the winning ways with a 2-1 overall victory to give Auburn a 6-2 lead before intermission. Katsy Leeman and Cheyenne Cracraft claimed the two wins for Auburn. Leeman also took home the MOP, for the second straight meet and fourth of the year, with a two-judge score of 140.5

In the horsemanship competition, the Tigers saw it only event loss of the day, 1-4. Hannah Loseke logged the Auburn victory, scoring a 141.5. In equitation over fences, Auburn won 3-2 and got wins from Stiegler, Benson and Quincy Hayes. Hayes earned the MOP, her third of the year. Stiegler's win gave her 12 for the season, which tied a school record for most wins in a season in equitation over fences, tying Benson and Jennifer Waxman who each had 12 wins last year.

MOP's
Equitation over Fences- Quincy Hayes, Auburn
Horsemanship- Laura Brainard, Texas A&M
Equitation in the Flat- Christina Lin, Auburn
Reining- Katsy Leeman, Auburn