Nov. 8, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. -- The second-ranked Auburn equestrian team opens Southeastern Conference competition against No. 5 South Carolina on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Auburn Horse Center.
The Tigers (2-0, 0-0 SEC) are coming off two dominating non-conference wins with a 15-5 win against UT-Martin and 15-2 victory over Fresno State. The Gamecocks are 4-2 overall and 0-2 in the SEC after heartbreaking losses to No. 1 Georgia and No. 9 Texas A&M.
This is the first meeting of the two teams since the finals of the SEC Championships when the Gamecocks got the best of the Tigers, 10-8.
"When you are practicing and going through a couple of meets, you feel pretty good about where you are, but until you get to measure against some of your biggest opponents, you just don't know," said head coach Greg Williams. "We have some room in the fall, if we're going to have any kind of bumps we want to do it now. But we just want to win. We get real competitive, it is the SEC. We just want to get after them."
STARTING LINEUPS: Competing for Auburn in Hunt Seat will be Elizabeth Benson, Quincy Hayes, Christina Lin, Demi Stiegler, and Jennifer Waxman for equitation over fences. Benson, Jennifer Delman, Tory Hoft, Lin, and Stiegler will ride for equitation on the flat.
The Western competition will feature Griffin Knight
, Danielle Long
, Hannah Loseke
, Stephanie Rucci
, and Lacy Watson
for horsemanship. Reining will include Julianna Cook
, Cheyenne Cracraft, Knight, Katsy Leeman
, and Hailey Munger
Benson, Lin, Stiegler and Knight will ride doubles again for Auburn this weekend. When each of the four have competed in both disciplines, they all have come away with two wins for the Tigers.
PROMOTIONS: The meet against South Carolina is Girl Scout Day and a face painter will be on hand to get the kids in the Auburn spirit. Admission is free, and the Kid's Zone will offer pony rides, paint a pony, a mini jump course and horses to decorate throughout the meet.