No. 1 Hunt Seat and No. 3 Western Advance in National Championship


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 Friday.

"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 the win.

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 Frederick 163-137.

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.