|Saturday, Oct. 21||11 a.m. CT|
|#3 Auburn vs. #7 Baylor|
AUBURN, Ala. -- The No. 3 Auburn equestrian team returns to competition Saturday, Oct. 21, hosting No. 7 Baylor at the Auburn University Equestrian Center. The Tigers and the Bears will square off at 11 a.m. CT.
"I always look forward to the tests between SEC and Big 12 schools," head coach Greg Williams said. "Our riders have been looking great in practice so I'm excited that the Auburn fans are getting an early look at this team in a tough match up with Baylor. We're looking forward to hosting the Bears this weekend."
Join us for the most important meal of the day as Auburn hosts a "Beat Baylor Breakfast" prior to Saturday's meet. Get out to the Auburn University Equestrian Center early and grab a biscuit while supplies last!
The Auburn competition lineup against Baylor will feature two seniors, eight juniors, one sophomore, and five freshmen.
The Hunt Seat corps primarily consists of upperclassmen with junior All-Americans Ashton Alexander, Caitlin Boyle, and Hayley Iannotti leading the way in both Equitation Over Fences and Equitation on the Flat. Joining them in both events will be freshman Gia Rinaldi, who had a successful showing vs. Alabama, Sept. 29, in her first career meet.
In addition, junior All-American Alex Ladove will ride for AU in Equitation Over Fences, while senior Caitlin Creel earned a spot in the team's Flat lineup. Sophomore Becky Kozma is set to ride in exhibition in Flat, while fans will get a first glimpse of freshman Carly Hoft as she competes in exhibition over Fences.
Auburn's Horsemanship lineup is a balanced mixture of experience and youth as three upperclassmen are joined by a pair of freshmen. Guiding the group is sophomore Kara Kaufmann along with redshirt junior Kelsey Jung and junior Lauren Diaz. Freshmen Deanna Green and Taylor Searles have had success early in their careers so far with solid rides in the team's opening meets. Green, a Pilot Point, Texas, product, has picked up a pair of MOP honors already this season. Freshman Anna Enos will compete in exhibition for Auburn vs. the Bears.
In Reining, senior Alexa Rivard leads the Tigers and is three wins away from breaking the program's all-time career wins record in the event. She is joined by the experienced juniors Betsy Brown and Blair McFarlin. Against UT Martin, Brown earned 72 points for her winning ride. A pair of freshmen in Terri-June Granger and Savannah Ostner will also compete for Auburn. Granger had a great start to her career as she earned MOP honors at UT Martin, scoring a match-high 73 points.
AUBURN-BAYLOR SERIES HISTORY
Saturday's meeting is the 11th in the all-time series with Baylor. The Tigers are undefeated vs. the Bears with a 10-0 mark and are 6-0 in competition on The Plains.
Auburn takes to the road for its first Southeastern Conference meet of the season, traveling to No. 2 Texas A&M. The Tigers and the Aggies will go head-to-head Friday, Nov. 3, in College Station. Fans traveling to Texas for the Auburn football game the next day are welcome to cheer on the Tigers at the 10 a.m. CT contest at the Hildebrand Equine Complex.