Nov. 5, 2010
BRYAN, Tex. - The No. 3 Auburn equestrian team suffered its first lost of the season Friday, falling to No. 2 Texas A&M 11-8 at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan, Texas.
Auburn's hunt seat riders remained undefeated, defeating the Aggies 6-4, while the western team lost 7-2.
"Today is a very tough loss for us," said head coach Greg Williams. "The hunt seat riders put us in a position to win, but Texas A&M's western riders held us off. They showed why they are defending national champions. We see our mistakes and know that we can ride with anybody."
Texas A&M (4-0) has not lost a home competition in 23 meets.
Auburn (5-1) earned three of the four MVPs on the day. Freshmen hunt seat riders Christina Lin and Jennifer Waxman were the MVPs of equitation over fences and equitation on the flat respectively, and sophomore Indy Roper earned the reining MVP.
In equitation over fences, the Tigers fell to the Aggies 3-2. Winners included Anna Schierholz, who defeated Emily Williams 86-71 and Waxman, who defeated Maggie Earle 89-74.
Auburn lost western horsemanship 4-1. Roper provided the lone point for the Tigers, defeating Cassie Mantor 76-68.
In equitation on the flat, Auburn took control, defeating Texas A&M 4-1. Winners included Lindsay Portela, who defeated Maggie Earle 75-65, Lin, who defeated Lia Chaffee 78-77, Anna Becker, who defeated Brooke Coleman 64-40 and Maggie McAlary, who defeated Hanna Soibelman 72-56.
The Tigers fell 3-1 in western reining. Roper defeated Courtney Dawe 73.5-72, and Paige Monfore tied Tara Christiansen with a score of 69.5.
The team travels to Ft. Worth, Texas, Saturday for a meet with sixth-ranked TCU.