Auburn Equestrian Victorious in First Round of the Varsity Equestrian National Championships
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Anna Schierholz finished with a score of 170 in the Hunt Seat.
Anna Schierholz finished with a score of 170 in the Hunt Seat.

April 17, 2008

Waco, Texas--- The Auburn equestrian team won both Hunt Seat and Western in the first round of the 2008 Varsity Equestrian National Championships. Auburn defeated Stephen F. Austin in Hunt Seat 8-0, while the Tigers defeated Fresno State in Western 6-2.

"Our Hunt Seat team sweeping is huge," said Auburn head coach Greg Williams. "Our Western team did really well. Horsemanship continues to improve, while Reining was phenomenal."

Auburn won Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences 4-0 over Stephen F. Austin. Auburn's Anna Schierholz had the high score of the day defeating Elizabeth Landes 170-148. Other Tiger winners included Jessica Braswell over Shannon Zelikoff 151-128, Dottie Grubb over Randi Spencer 160-158 and Jenny Reinhart over Kristin Landes 162-146.

Auburn won Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat 4-0. Tiger winners included Chelsea Anheuser over Elizabeth Landes 153-121, Katie Breedlove over Shannon Zelikoff 131-122, Ali Loprete over Randi Spencer 151-125 and Coburn Park over Andrea Routzon 132-100.

Auburn won Western Horsemanship 3-1 over Fresno State. Tiger winners included Jessica Jones over Asheline Beeson 142.5-140, Kylie Miller over Rebecca Flood 136-0 (0 refers to a no score because of a penalty) and Avery Sams over Danielle Escover 137.5-136.5. Bulldog winners included Adriane Smith over Kim Tidwell 145.5-138.5.

Auburn won Western Reining 3-1. Tiger winners included Ashton Fairey over Keri Blackledge 142-140, Lyndsey Jordan over Jill Tebbe 133-131 and Paige Monfore over Marybeth Brown 145.5-144.5. Bulldog winners included Elizabeth Thomasian over Julie Gibbes 141.5-138.

"Our girls hit on all cylinders," said Williams. "They all want to ride well and compete, and that attitude is what it takes to win."

In Hunt Seat, fifth-seeded Auburn advances to the second round to face fourth-seeded South Carolina, while the seventh-seeded Tigers advance to the second round to face second-seeded Georgia in Western. The second round will take place Thursday afternoon and finish Friday morning. The 2008 Varsity Equestrian National Championships will run through Saturday at the Heart O' Texas Fair Complex in Waco, Texas.