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Auburn Equestrian Notebook: Oct. 9

Oct. 9, 2013

Overall Record: 1-0 (0-0, SEC)

Previously ...
Sept. 28 - No. 2 Auburn 15, Fresno State, 2 Next Up ...
Oct. 19 - No. 2 Auburn vs. UT-Martin, 10 a.m. (Auburn Horse Center)

Greg Williams on Auburn's first meet of the season

"It was a great day for a meet. I want to thank all the Auburn fans for coming out. They make such a big difference. I almost think the horses even enjoy it.

"I expected a win, I had hoped we could win all four events and I probably hoped we could be mistake free. We want to stay out of the penalty box, we had a few get in it, but that was it. The way Coach Dorsey and Coach Braswell have been working this team has been fantastic."

Last Week's Top Performers:
Demi Stiegler - Jr. - Irvine, Calif.

  • Stiegler competed in her first meet as an Auburn Tiger against Fresno State and recorded wins in both equitation over fences and on the flat. 
  • She was the only Auburn English rider to score 80-plus in both disciplines, posting an 82 over fences and an 81 on the flat.

Stephanie Rucci - Sr. - Alpharette, Ga.

  • Rucci posted a western-best score of 76.5 in horsemanship to help lead the team to a 3-1 score in the event. 
  • She also earned the MOP honors in horsemanship in the season opener against Fresno State.

CONVINCING WIN: The second-ranked Auburn equestrian team jumped out to a great start to the 2013 season with a convincing 15-2 win over Fresno State last weekend. The 15 points posted were the most by an Auburn team since defeating Delaware State last spring 15-4, and the two points allowed was the best effort since holding Sacred Heart two points in a 14-2 victory in 2009.



NEAR PERFECT: The hunt seat riders won nine of their 10 head-to-head matchups, which included double wins by Demi Stiegler, Elizabeth Benson and Christina Rachel Lin. Jennifer Waxman, who was the MOP in fences, posted the highest score of the meet with an 88 in her matchup, and Quincy Hayes and Jennifer Delman also logged victories.

COACHING TREE: Despite the sport being just 12 years young at Auburn, head coach Greg Williams has already begun establishing his coaching tree. Equestrian riders haven't always looked to coaching as a potential profession, but with the growth in the sport it is now a possible career choice. Auburn has four former riders who are now coaching in the college ranks - Jessica Braswell (2005-09) is an assistant coach on the Auburn roster, Natalie Burton (2004-07) is the interim head coach at SMU, Anna Becker (2009-13) is an assistant at Kansas State and Anna Schierholz (2007-11) is an assistant coach at Baylor.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: There are quite a few current student-athletes making their way up the career wins list in the Auburn equestrian record books. Christina Lin has 27 wins in equitation in the flat in her career, which currently ranks fourth all-time, but is just four from tying the school record of 31 held by Lindsay Portela. Similarly, senior Jennifer Waxman recorded her 29th victory in fences to bring her within four of the school mark of 33 held by Maggie McAlary. Stephanie Rucci will have a tough push to reach the 34 wins recorded by Indy Roper in horsemanship, but with 25 in her career it is possible. In reining, Cheyenne Cracraft has 22 career victories, which is 12 behind Roper's 34.

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