|Friday, Nov. 9||3 p.m. CT|
|#3 Auburn vs. #1 Georgia|
AUBURN, Ala. -- The No. 3 Auburn equestrian team is set to take part in a busy weekend on the Plains, hosting No. 1 Georgia Friday at the Auburn University Equestrian Center. The Tigers and the Bulldogs square off at 3 p.m. CT and admission is free.
"For the first time this fall, we will have a complete roster competing as we have our full team in town," head coach Greg Williams said. "We're ready for a great weekend and are taking what we experienced last week on the road into tomorrow's meet as motivation. Fans should expect some fantastic rides from the Tigers Friday and we're ready to be a part of a full and fun weekend in Auburn."
Kick off the `Beat Georgia' weekend at the Auburn University Equestrian Center as the other No. 1 Bulldog team comes to town Friday. It is our All Auburn, All Orange event and admission is free.
The Auburn competition lineup vs. the top-ranked Bulldogs Friday is junior and freshman heavy, featuring seven juniors and six freshmen. Joining the group will be one senior and two sophomores.
Junior All-Americans Ashton Alexander, Caitlin Boyle, and Hayley Iannotti lead the way for the Hunt Seat corps in both Equitation Over Fences and Equitation on the Flat. Boyle leads the Tigers with seven wins on the year, having four in Flat with two MOPs. Iannotti has six victories on the season and went 2-0 vs. Texas A&M last weekend, while Alexander has four Ws for the Tigers this year.
Joining the trio in Equitation Over Fences is a pair of freshmen in Gia Rinaldi and Taylor St. Jacques. Rinaldi has competed in two meets this season for Auburn and will also compete in Equitation on the Flat against Georgia. Friday's meet will be the first for St. Jacques riding for points. The newcomer rode in exhibition vs. UT Martin back in September.
Sophomore Becky Kozma has had a successful fall so far for the Tigers and will ride in Equitation on the Flat. She has three wins with one MOP in the event.
Auburn's Horsemanship lineup is a balanced mixture of experience and youth as three upperclassmen are joined by a pair of freshmen. Redshirt junior Kelsey Jung has been consistent all fall for Auburn, having a 4-0 record in the event. Freshman phenom Deanna Green stands at 3-1 overall with three MOPs, while sophomore Kara Kaufmann and junior Lauren Diaz are 2-1 so far this year. Freshman Taylor Searles is also set to ride for the Tigers.
In Reining, senior Alexa Rivard leads the Tigers and is two 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. 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 is 3-0 overall with three MOP honors. Ostner has also been a consistent contributor, holding a perfect 3-0 record.
The Tigers close out the fall portion of the 2017-18 season on the road, taking on No. 9 South Carolina in Blythewood, S.C. Auburn and the Gamecocks will face off Friday, Nov. 17, at 12 p.m. CT.