Eight Auburn riders earn SEC equestrian honors

April 7, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference announced its All-SEC and All-Freshman teams for equestrian on Monday, and eight Auburn riders were honored with nine awards. For the second straight season six Auburn student-athletes earned All-SEC accolades and two freshmen were All-Freshman selections.

Christina Lin (equitation on the flat), Elizabeth Benson (equitation over fences) and Stephanie Rucci (reining) are repeat honorees with each earning All-SEC in the conference's inaugural season last year. This year, the Tigers added Quincy Hayes (equitation over fences), Demi Stiegler (equitation over fences; equitation on the flat) and Katsy Leeman (reining).

Stiegler led Auburn this season in wins with 22 overall (12 in fences and 10 on the flat) winning 76 percent of her head-to-head matchups with three Most Outstanding Player honors. Leeman, Lin and Rucci led the team in MOPs with four each.

The three selections in equitation over fences reflects the great success in the event this season where Auburn riders went 51-24 (.667) with nine MOPs. The Tigers won nearly 60 percent of its competitions in reining on the Western side where they had all-conference nods.

With so many veterans returning to the Auburn lineups, the Tigers didn't place a large number on the All-Freshman squad, but did get representation from Ashley Foster in equitation on the flat and Lacy Watson in horsemanship.

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2014 All-SEC Team

  • Elizabeth Benson, Auburn (Equitation Over Fences)
  • Quincy Hayes, Auburn (Equitation Over Fences)
  • Stephanie Rucci, Auburn (Reining)
  • Katsy Leeman, Auburn (Reining)
  • Christina Lin, Auburn (Equitation On The Flat)
  • Demi Stiegler, Auburn (Equitation Over Fences, Equitation On The Flat)
  • Olivia Dorey, Georgia (Equitation On The Flat)
  • Liza Finsness, Georgia (Equitation Over Fences, Equitation On The Flat)
  • McKenzie Lantz, Georgia (Reining)
  • Heather Schmidt, Georgia (Horsemanship)
  • Paige Stawicki, Georgia (Horsemanship)
  • Layla Choate, South Carolina (Reining)
  • Amber Henter, South Carolina (Equitation Over Fences)
  • Johnna Letchworth, South Carolina (Horsemanship)
  • Cody McMillion, South Carolina (Reining)
  • Adele Norton, South Carolina (Equitation On The Flat)
  • Katherine Schmidt, South Carolina (Equitation Over Fences, Equitation On The Flat)
  • Samantha Smith, South Carolina (Equitation On The Flat)
  • Logan Pluhar, Texas A&M (Horsemanship)
  • Laura Sumrall, Texas A&M (Reining)

2014 SEC All-Freshman Team

  • Ashley Foster, Auburn (Equitation On The Flat)
  • Lacy Watson, Auburn (Horsemanship)
  • Lindsey Cheek, Georgia (Reining)
  • Liza Finsness, Georgia (Equitation Over Fences, Equitation On The Flat)
  • Meg O'Mara, Georgia (Equitation Over Fences)
  • Claudia Spreng, Georgia (Reining)
  • Charley Thiel, Georgia (Reining)
  • Sarah Kate Grider, Texas A&M (Reining)
  • Rachel Lucht, Texas A&M (Horsemanship)
  • Megan Phillips, Texas A&M (Equitation On The Flat)
  • Kimmy Saul, Texas A&M (Equitation Over Fences)