March 7, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. -- The fourth-ranked Auburn equestrian team will look to finish out the regular season on a high note when it plays host to No. 6 New Mexico State on Saturday, March 8. The meet will act as Senior Day as well as a groundbreaking for some needed improvements to the AU Horse Center. Meet time is set for 1 p.m. This is the last meet for the Tigers before the SEC Championships.
“I like the way the team is going and their attitude,” said Auburn head coach Greg Williams. “New Mexico is a very good team. They don’t have some of the wins against the higher ranked teams like we did, but they have been riding very well. We have our work cut out for us.”
Auburn (8-4, 3-3) is coming off two losses on the road against Georgia and South Carolina. With the losses, Auburn has dropped to No. 4 overall with the Gamecocks securing the No. 1 spot. The meet against South Carolina determined the seeds for the SEC Championship. South Carolina also secured the No. 1 seed for SEC’s while the Tigers will be the No. 3 seed.
“The biggest part (of that meet) was a couple bad breaks in western, but it was close,” said Williams. “South Carolina has not lost on the hunt seat side all year. So we knew we had to be strong there. We really just found ourselves in a big deficit right off. They are going to be hungry, and I think you will be able to see that against New Mexico State, as well as building through the SECs.”
The equitation over fences lineup will feature three seniors in Christina Lin, Quincy Hayes and Jennifer Waxman. They will be joined by Elizabeth Benson and Demi Stiegler. Riding in the lineup for equitation on the flat will be Benson, Jennifer Delman, Ashley Foster, and Stiegler, as well as Lin in her final ride at the AU Horse Center.
In the western arena, the lineup for horsemanship will feature Allie Dusha, Lucy Igoe, Griffin Knight, Hannah Loseke and senior Stephanie Rucci. Auburn will put up Morgan Burns, Knight, Hailey Munger, and seniors Rucci and Cheyenne Cracraft in reining.
Admission is free, and the first 500 fans will receive free sunglasses.