April 15, 2011
WACO, Texas - Auburn's No. 1 seed hunt seat riders and No. 3 seed
western riders advanced to the semifinals of the Varsity Equestrian
National Championships, each defeating TCU in the quarterfinals on
"Right now, if I had to choose one way to put it, I would hate to
ride against Auburn," said head coach Greg Williams. "The girls are
riding well and riding as one team."
Hunt seat swept the No. 9 seed Horned Frogs 8-0, dominating both the
flat and fences competition. Western defeated No. 6 TCU 4-2, sweeping
reining 3-0 and picking up one decisive point in horsemanship to insure
In equitation on the flat, sophomore Anna Becker, freshman Christina
Lin, sophomore Lindsay Portela and junior Maggie McAlary each posted
wins for the Tigers. Becker defeated Callie Selchau 146-122, Lin
defeated Jessica Hagen 129-116, Portela defeated Haley Jacobi 134-102
and McAlary defeated Milana Trimino 163-133.
In equitation over fences, senior Dottie Grubb, McAlary, senior Anna
Schierholz and junior Grace Socha each captured wins for Auburn. Grubb
defeated Caitlin Ader 162-152, McAlary defeated Jennifer Whitt 165-132,
Schierholz defeated Victoria Lee 162-124 and Socha defeated Taylor
In western reining, junior Kristin Hansen, senior Paige Monfore and
sophomore Indy Roper brought home wins for the Tigers. Hansen defeated
Kolby Simonson 133.5-128, Monfore defeated Kelsey Huffman 150.5-145 and
Roper defeated Kirstie Frydenlund 139-131. Junior Jillian Fuller tied
Devin Spencer 142-142.
In horsemanship, freshman Stephanie Rucci earned the fourth point on
the day, securing a bid to the semifinals. Rucci defeated Alexie Estrada
149-141.5. Senior Mary Casey tied Ashley Aikman 146.5-146.5.
The hunt seat riders face No. 4 Oklahoma State later Friday while the
western riders go against No. 7 Kansas State. The Tigers soundly
defeated the Cowgirls 7-1 in hunt seat competition when the two teams
met in Stillwater, Okla., in March, and the Tigers fell to the Wildcats
4-1 in Manhattan, Kan., in March.