Nov. 22, 2013
Flat MOP Demi Stiegler (pictured)
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn equestrian team accomplished what few teams have the opportunity to do, upset a No. 1-ranked team in two consecutive meets. With a 10-9 victory, the Tigers took down No. 1 Baylor in Waco, Texas, Friday afternoon, after defeating then No. 1 Georgia one week ago.
It came down to the final ride of the meet. With the score notched at 7-7, the reining competition would decide the meet's outcome. Auburn and Baylor split the first four rides 2-2, leaving the victory in the hands of sophomore Hailey Munger. Needing to beat out Baylor's score of 66.5, Munger posted a meet-winning 67 to edge the Bears.
"It was an incredible win," said head coach Greg Williams. "The girls stayed in it all the way until the end. We had great performances on the hutnseat side in both events, and clutch rides from reiners to close out the win. And congrats to Demi (Stiegler) in picking up MOP in the flat."
Auburn improves to 4-1 overall on the season.
Due to the cold and rainy weather, the meet was moved to a single ring. It began with equitation over fences where the Tigers jumped out to a 3-2 lead. Christina Lin got her fifth win in over fences to remain unbeaten in the event. Elizabeth Benson and Demi Stiegler also picked up victories.
With a split ring handling both horsemanship and equitation in the flat, the meet remained close. Auburn won equitation in the flat, 3-2, to make the final hunt seat score, 6-4 for the meet. Twice the Tigers had scores over 90. Stiegler posted a 96, the highest score in the country this season, and Megan Bifano registered a 92 to win their head-to-head matchups. Lin added the final win of the event with an 86. Steigler earned Most Outstanding Player for her score.
Baylor dominated in horsemanship 3-1, to bring the team score to 7-7 leading into reining. Lucy Igoe got the only horsemanship win for Auburn.
A 3-2 reining score, which eventually gave Auburn the win, helped improve the Tigers to 17-7-1 on the season in the discipline. After dropping the first point to Baylor, Knight tied the meet a win, followed by a score of 71 by Cheyenne Cracraft which pulled Auburn ahead by one. When Katsy Leeman's score didn't hold, the meet fell in the hands of Munger.
Most Outstanding Players (MOP)
Equitation over Fences: Sam Schaefer, Baylor
Horsemanship: Bryn Lindley, Baylor
Equitation in the Flat: Demi Stiegler, Auburn
Reining: Claire Edward, Baylor
UP NEXT: Auburn heads to Dallas for the second of the three-meet swing. They face SMU on Saturday at 10 a.m. The final meet of the weekend is Sunday vs. Texas A&M. The road trip will signal the end of the fall season.