Oct. 5, 2006
Auburn - The Auburn equestrian team heads to Columbus, Ohio, to compete in its second meet of the fall season at Autumn Rose Farm on Oct. 7 at noon.Riding for the Tigers on the western end will be seniors Ashley Dickerson, Julie Gibbes and Whitney Kimble, sophomores Ashley Griffith and Ashley Milton and freshmen Jessica Jones, Lyndsey Jordan and Kylie Miller.
On the hunt seat end will be senior Natalie Burton, junior Coburn Park, sophomores Jessica Braswell, Lauren Hulen, Jennifer Reinhart and Maggie White and freshmen Chelsea Anheuser and Katie Breedlove.
"The western is continuing to get better," said Auburn head coach Greg Williams. "Even though the over fences riders got beat, they took that to heart and have been trying to fine tune. Different people will be riding in different positions. This being a non-conference meet is something that allows us to do that."
This will be Auburn's third meeting with Ohio State with the Tigers a perfect 2-0 against the Buckeyes.
"It is a fun place to go," said Williams. "They are the IHSA western national champions. This team has won more national championships than anyone. Even though they don't compete in our association, they are still a very good team."
Auburn has a special relationship with Ohio State. Ollie Griffith, Ohio State's head coach, is the father of Auburn sophomore Ashley Griffith.
"He always wanted her to ride on a varsity program," said Williams. "He loved Auburn and knew me well. We are glad to have her, and it is a lot of fun for her to see if she can beat up on her dad a little bit." The Tigers are coming off of a 1430.5-1387 loss to South Carolina.
Auburn's next meet will be its home opener against Georgia at 1 pm on Nov. 10.