Feb. 28, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. -- The second-ranked Auburn equestrian team (8-3, 3-2) is back on the road to face off against No. 1 South Carolina in the SEC regular season finale on Saturday, March 1. Meet time is set for 9 a.m. CT at One Wood Farm in Blytheville, S.C.
"South Carolina is the number one team in the country, and they are riding very well," said Auburn head coach Greg Williams. "I think what is most impressive is that they have beaten some people by some really good margins. To pick up a road win against South Carolina would do a lot of good for us mentally, as we go to the post season."
The Tigers are looking for redemption, as the last meeting between the Tigers and Gamecocks ended in a 12-6 South Carolina win in Auburn during the fall portion of the season. Auburn heads to Blythewood coming off a tough loss on the road against Georgia, however there was no lack of high scores or competitive match ups.
"Our hunt seat riders rode very well. Between us and the Georgia hunt seat, it may have been one of the best meets I've ever seen," said Williams. "It was like being at nationals where everybody is bringing their A game. Overall we took a loss, but the good thing about this team is they know how to win, they expect to win, and they want to clean it up to put them back on top."
Despite the loss at Georgia, Auburn is still in the running for the No. 1 seed in the SEC Championships with a victory over South Carolina.
In the Hunt Seat arena, Auburn will feature Elizabeth Benson, Quincy Hayes, Christina Lin, Demi Stiegler, and Jennifer Waxman, a team that has been dominant on the hunt seat side recording a 40-15 mark.
In the western arena Lucy Igoe, Griffin Knight, Danielle Long, Stephanie Rucci, and Lacy Watson will compete in horsemanship, while Cheyenne Cracraft, Katsy Leeman, Hailey Munger, Knight and Rucci will ride in reining.