Nov. 21, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. – The third-ranked Auburn equestrian team hits the road for the first time in the 2013-14 season to take on a trio of top-10 Texas teams, in three straight days. Auburn will face off against No. 1 Baylor on Friday, No. 10 SMU on Saturday and wrap up the weekend on Sunday vs. SEC foe No. 9 Texas A&M.
Auburn is coming off a big victory over then No. 1 Georgia one week ago and will have the unique opportunity to post wins over the nation’s top-ranked team in consecutive weeks, when it squares off against Baylor.
“It takes a lot to get ready for three meets in a row,” said head coach Greg Williams. “For some they are learning six patterns this week alone. Riding wise the girls are ready, but we need to get the patterns down.”
The equitation over fences for all three meets will be the same as it has all season with the starting five of Elizabeth Benson, Quincy Hayes, Christina Lin, Demi Stiegler and Jennifer Waxman. With this lineup, the Tigers have posted a 14-6 record in the first four meets. Lin enters the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record.
In the equitation in the flat competition, Auburn will pull from Megan Bifano, Jennifer Delman, Piper Donnelly, Benson, Lin and Stiegler.
On the western side, Griffin Knight who has ridden doubles in three of the first four meets will continue to compete in both horsemanship and reining. Through four competitions, she has posted an undefeated record of 6-0-1.
In horsemanship, Auburn will put up a five-person lineup from the following riders: Knight, Stephanie Rucci, Lacy Watson, Danielle Long, Lucy Igoe, Katsy Leeman and Hannah Loseke.
The reining discipline has posted the team’s best winning percentage this season winning 73 percent of its head-to-head matchups with a 14-5-1 mark. They will be led this weekend by Cheyenne Cracraft, Leeman, Rucci, Morgan Burns, Julianna Cook, Hailey Munger and Knight.
This weekend’s Texas trilogy marks the end of the fall season for the Auburn equestrian team, which will pick up again in January against Delaware State.