Auburn Equestrian Notebook: Nov. 19



Nov. 19, 2013

Overall Record: 3-1 (1-1, SEC)

Last Two Weeks Results
Nov. 9 - No. 5 South Carolina 12, No. 2 Auburn 6
Nov. 15 - No. 2 Auburn 12, No. 1 Georgia 8

Upcoming Events
Nov. 22 - No. 3 Auburn at No. 1 Baylor
Nov. 23 - No. 3 Auburn at No. 10 SMU
Nov. 24 - No. 3 Auburn at No. 9 Texas A&M

Greg Williams on Auburn's win over No. 1 Georgia
"It was very (satisfying). The team was more focused, with much more intensity to their rides. They want to win and are pushing hard to do so. Everything was different leading up to that meet. We tried to put a lot of things in their control and they responded well. We had extremely strong rides in the western events. Western made a remarkable difference."

Top Performers:
Griffin Knight - So. - Madisonville, Texas
-- For the third competition in a row, Griffin Knight swept both horsemanship and reining, racking up two of Auburn's 12 wins in the team's upset of No. 1 Georgia.  
-- She posted the team's season-best score in horsemanship, scoring a 77.5. She is now 6-0-1 on the season.

Elizabeth Benson - So. -- Whitehouse Station, N.J.
-- Benson bounced back from a three-match losing streak to win in both equitation over fences and in the flat against No. 1 Georgia.
-- The SEC Freshman of the Year and All-American in 2012-13, she has a record of 4-2-1 overall and 2-0 in the flat.



UPSETTING #1: Auburn bounced back from its SEC opening loss to No. 5 South Carolina with a convincing 12-8 win over top-ranked Georgia. The win was the third straight regular season win over the Bulldogs.

KNIGHT RIDER: Sophomore western rider Griffin Knight has burst on to the scene, rattling off six straight wins in horsemanship and reining in the past three meets. A regular in the horsemanship lineup in 2012-13, and the SEC Horsemanship Freshman of the Year, she posted a record of 8-6 a year ago. This season, she has been added to the reining lineup and has been a double rider for three out of Auburn's four meets this fall.

TEXAS TRILOGY: Auburn hits the road for the first time this season, heading to the state of Texas for a three-meet swing against No. 1 Baylor, No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 10 SMU. Auburn and Baylor faced off in 2012-13 to a 10-10 final, which the Tigers won in raw score. Last season, the first with A&M in the league, the two teams split with each winning in their home rings. This will be the first meeting with SMU since the 2010-11 season when the hunt seat team only competed against the Mustangs and won 6-4.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: There are quite a few current riders making their way up the career wins list in the Auburn equestrian record books. Christina Lin has 28 wins in equitation in the flat in her career, which currently ranks third all-time, but is just three from tying the school record of 31 held by Lindsay Portela. Similarly, senior Jennifer Waxman has 30 career victories in fences to bring her within three of the school mark of 33 held by Maggie McAlary.