Feb. 14, 2014
Lucy Igoe (Anthony Hall photo)
Auburn, Ala. -- The third-ranked Auburn equestrian team returns home on Saturday to host the 10th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies. The meet is set for 1 p.m. at the Auburn University Horse Center.
"We've been on the road a lot and had a long winter break, so we are ready for a home one," head coach Greg Williams said. "It's always a little bit easier to ride at home. You get a bit of an advantage, and when you play an SEC school you want everything that you can get in your field. We are also using a bunch of new horses that we think are really nice and we are glad to have them in our lineup."
Auburn (7-2, 2-1 SEC) is looking for their second win against the Aggies this year. The Tigers defeated Texas A&M in the fall leg of their season in a road matchup. After a tied meet, Auburn pulled off the win in a tiebreaker 1567.75-1534.75.
"We had a close win there," Williams said. "Texas A&M has had a lot of really close ones. It's been a tough season for them so far and I know they are going to be coming in here looking to play hard and take some risks with all of their patterns. It is going to be something that our girls have to be ready for. As always Texas A&M is a threat to beat anybody on the western end, so I think that our western riders have to bring their game."
The Tigers are returning to The Plains after a two-meet road trip in Dover, Dela. Auburn defeated Delaware State 11-8, but fell to Oklahoma State 9-11.
Despite the loss, it was still a successful weekend after two Auburn riders broke records. Christina Lin took over the record books for Equitation on the Flat with her 32nd career win, surpassing former Tiger Lindsay Portela. Senior Jennifer Waxman also heads to the top of the record book for Hunt Seat after winning her 34th matchup in Equitation over Fences, a record previously held by Maggie McAlary.
Competing in the Hunt Seat portion of the meet will be Elizabeth Benson, Quincy Hayes, Lin, Demi Stiegler, and Waxman for equitation over fences, followed by Benson, Jennifer Delman, Tory Hoft, Lin, and Stiegler in the flat.
In the Western arena, Auburn will feature Lucy Igoe, Griffin Knight, Danielle Long, Stephanie Rucci, and Lacy Watson in Horsemanship. Julianna Cook, Cheyenne Cracraft, Katsy Leeman will ride in reining along with double rides from Knight and Rucci.
Promotions: The Kid's Zone will be open during the meet and will offer pony rides, Valentine's Day station, a mini jump course, and more. Admission is free.