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Rolling Toomer's: Auburn's equestrian team does it again
April 26, 2016

Auburn celebrates its national title at Toomer's Corner
Auburn celebrates its national title at Toomer's Corner

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. ― New oak trees. Old oak trees. It doesn't matter to Auburn's equestrian team. The Tigers celebrated their most recent national championship Tuesday by rolling Toomer's Corner ― just as they did when they won the national title in 2013 the day before the old oaks were removed.

Two new trees. Same old feeling.

"I don't think the town's people know how much it means," said Auburn coach Greg Williams. "When the girls came down the street and they saw the people, it meant all the hard work, all the 5:30 workouts, the long nights and all the traveling goes away.

"We always talk about Auburn embodies family, and they feel it more than ever right now."

Auburn won its fourth national title by beating TCU in Waco, Texas on April 16. Rain delayed last week's scheduled Toomer's celebration. Nothing could stop the equestrian team this time.

Laughing at their aim, the team rolled the trees, at least the trees that provide the backdrop for iconic Auburn gathering spot.

"This is one of the greatest feelings you can ever have, when you walk down this street with what feels like are 40 of your own daughters, and what you Auburn people mean to us and how you make us feel is absolutely incredible," Williams said. "I've been dreaming of today since when we walked out here in 2013. It's such an unbelievable feeling."

"I hope we keep this string going. I know this group did everything in its power to help the coaches and help Auburn lay out a very successful program. We hope we can live up to that."

The equestrian team won more than a trophy. It had 10 All-Americans, two all-time record holders, two all-time single-season win records and became the first team to win the SEC title and national championship in the same year.

Williams thanked his seniors, saying his team will return to Toomer's.

"What you have left is an incredible legacy," he said. "These people are leaving a dynasty."

Senior Elizabeth Benson knows about the honors. She's an All-American, an academic All-American, record holder. And as a senior, she's a two-time national champ.

"My freshman year we came in and we had unbelievable group of seniors who tried to lead the way and show us the way it was done. This year we tried to duplicate that," Benson said.

Williams said the Tigers did it.

"There's a special chemistry that was happening to us."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:


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