Nov. 15, 2013
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AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn equestrian team wrapped up its fall home season with an impressive 12-8 victory over Georgia, the nation's top-ranked team, Friday afternoon at the Auburn Horse Center
Auburn (3-1, 1-1 SEC) got off to a good start taking both equitation over fences and horsemanship by a 3-2 margin to make the team score 6-4, before the intermission. Christina Lin got her fifth overall win of the season in fences, with Elizabeth Benson and Jennifer Waxman also adding to the win total.
Griffin Knight posted the team's best score of the season in horsemanship with a 77.5 to spark one of her two wins today in western competition. She was joined in horsemanship victory with Stephanie Rucci and Lacy Watson.
The meet started to get close as twice Georgia tied up the team score at 6-6 and then again at eight apiece. The Bulldogs bounced back to win equitation in the flat, 3-2. Jennifer Delman and Benson got the wins for the Tigers. Benson finished 2-0 on the day.
With the final hunt seat score notched at 5-5, it would come down to reining for the victory.
Georgia got the first point in reining to bring the team score to 8-8, but Auburn rattled off the final four wins to take the event, 4-1, and the eventual overall win 12-8. Along with Knight, Rucci was a double winner, riding reining for the first time all season. Cheyenne Cracraft
added a win for Auburn, while Katsy Leeman
kept her reining win streak alive at four.
"They've had this in them," said head coach Greg Williams "The minute we started the meet you could feel it, you could tell they were working together. The one thing they have talked about all week is being unified. They want to win. They want to earn all the respect.
"We had some tough times in the hunt seat arena and still pulled out a tie against a great team," Williams added "(Having the western squad excel) it's just like what we see from them in practice every week."
Knight continues to lead a western group that is improving each week. With another two wins, she improves to 6-0-1 overall.
Most Outstanding Players (MOP)
Equitation over Fences: Liza Finsness, Georgia
Horsemanship: Heather Schmidt, Georgia
Equitation in the Flat: Liza Finsness, Georgia
Reining: Lauren Garmon, Georgia
UP NEXT: Auburn will hit the road for the final three meets of the season, as they travel to the state of Texas for meets against Baylor (Fri., Nov. 22), SMU (Sat., Nov. 23) and Texas A&M (Sun., Nov. 24). The road trip will signal the end of the fall season.