Oct. 31, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. -
Auburn Equestrian senior Indy Roper has been named the SEC Equestrian Rider of the Month for Western horsemanship and Western reining, the conference announced Wednesday.
"The announcement of Riders of the Month coming from the SEC office is another monumental leap in our sport," Auburn head coach Greg Williams said. "For Indy Roper to be in this inaugural group is both wonderful and fitting. To be the Rider of the Month for both events, however, moves into the extraordinary."
Roper is currently 2-0-1 in horsemanship this season and has posted the highest score in the SEC this season with a 79.5 against Oklahoma State in the season opener. She also has one Most Outstanding Player honor, coming on the road against No. 2 South Carolina. Roper has also posted the highest score in conference competition with a 78.5.
In the reining arena, she has earned a perfect 3-0 record, including two wins in conference competition. Roper posted the highest score in the SEC this season with a 74 and is averaging a 72.33. She has earned two MOP honors, the most of any SEC athlete this season in reining. Roper is one of only three SEC athletes to post three victories this season.
In addition to her success competing for Auburn, Roper also competed at the 46th annual All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. Roper won the Amateur Reining for the second-consecutive year and finished as the Reserve Champion in the Non Pro Reining.
Roper has also been invited to attend the first Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge, Nov. 14-15, at the American Quarter Horse Association World Show in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Roper and the Tigers return to action for Auburn on Friday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. CT as they host No. 1 Georgia at the Auburn University Horse Center.