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Auburn Equestrian Falls Short of Victory Over South Carolina

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Sept. 30, 2006

Columbia, S.C. - The Auburn Tigers fall to South Carolina in their first fall match by a score of 12-7 on Saturday at OneWood Farm, but was able to capture the western division 707-704.5.

"We had a few mistakes early on," said Auburn head coach Greg Williams. "We have got a few things to work on. I think that the biggest place we stumbled was over fences in the hunt seat. Everywhere else, our rides looked good. If we keep working, we are going to be a strong team to compete with overall."

On the western end, Auburn's Whitney Kimble earned MVP honors by posting a 73.5 in reining, the highest score in both western categories.

South Carolina outscored Auburn 354.5-353 in horsemanship. However, the Tigers came back 354-350 in reining, with the help of the last ride by Kimble, to win the western division.

"I am really proud of how the reiners stepped up," said Williams. "We had some pretty good rides, but had some losses in horsemanship. I think they are young mistakes and they won't happen much."

The hunt seat team fell to the Gamecocks 726-680. The two-time defending national champion South Carolina team outscored Auburn in equitation by a score of 335-315 and over fences with 391-365. Auburn failed to score a point over fences when South Carolina outrode them 5-0.

"Hunt seat did really well on the flat," said Williams, " but we didn't do that well over fences. We dropped the ball. When you are going against the number one hunt seat team in the country, you can't give up anything. We were giving them too many easy breaks when we didn't need to. That gave them the win in hunt seat today."

The Tigers fall to 0-1 on the season, 0-1 for the hunt seat team and 1-0 for the western team.

Auburn's next competition will be on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Ohio State. The time for this meet has not yet been set.



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