Jan. 30, 2014
Auburn Ala. - After a brief hiatus, the second-ranked Auburn equestrian team resumes action with a two-match road trip to Delaware where it will face Delaware State on Friday, Jan. 31 and No. 7 Oklahoma State on Saturday, Feb. 1. Both meets will take place in Dover, Dela.
The Tigers (6-1, 2-1 SEC) wrapped up the fall portion of their season with three consecutive wins over ranked opponents on the road when they took down No. 1 Baylor, No. 10 SMU and No. 9 Texas A&M. For their performances, two Auburn riders earned rider of the month honors by the conference and the NCEA. Senior Christina Lin was the over fences honoree by both organizations, while junior Demi Stiegler took the SEC award in the flat.
Two milestones are set to be broken with both Lin (equitation in the flat) and Jennifer Waxman (equitatation over fences) one win away from becoming the all-time wins leader in their respective disciplines.
The equitation over fences lineup will feature a new look to the lineup with the addition of freshman Ashley Foster, who joins the Auburn roster after competing in national shows during the fall. She will lead off against DSU followed by regulars Quincy Hayes, Lin, Stiegler and Jennifer Waxman. Against Oklahoma State, Elizabeth Benson will spell Foster and present a lineup that has posted a 26-9 record (.743) during the fall.
For equitation in the flat, the Tigers will ride Megan Bifano, Piper Donnelly, with double rides from Foster, Lin, and Stiegler against Delaware State. The lineup will have a little different look vs. OKSU with Benson, Jennifer Delman, Tory Hoft, Lin and Steigler.
For horsemanship, Auburn will put up Lucy Igoe, Griffin Knight, Stephanie Rucci and Danielle Long on both days with the fifth rider alternating between Katsy Leeman vs. DSU and Lacy Watson vs. the Cowboys.
In reining, Knight will ride double in both meets, something she has done in six of seven meet thus far. She will be joined by Cheyenne Cracraft, Julianna Cook, Leeman and Rucci against Delaware State, and Cracraft, Leeman, Hailey Munger and Rucci vs. OKSU. Auburn's reining roster is the second highest scoring for the Tigers this year with a 22-11-2 record (.657).
"Oklahoma State year in and year out has been one of the strongest in the western discipline and so you have to really make sure your hunt seat riders ride really well because scoring enough points to win western is very hard," said head coach Greg Williams. "If you can outscore on western that is great, and we are probably the team that could be one of the best to do that, but you can't count on it. So you have to make sure both sides ride really well to pull this one off."