Dec. 26, 2008
AUBURN-The Auburn equestrian team hasn't competed since October. No matter, they ride into the Holiday break No. 1 in the latest Women's Intercollegiate Equestrian National Coaches Poll.
"It has been exciting fall having wins on the road and against SEC opponents at home," said Auburn head coach Greg Williams. "We've got probably the toughest stretch ahead of us. We have one of the most challenging road schedules that I've ever seen in this sport, so winning out will be quite a monumental task. I think our girls are up for the task, and hopefully, we will be carrying the No. 1 placing at the end of April."
The Tigers are undefeated (3-0) this season with wins over eighth-ranked Fresno State, seventh-ranked South Carolina and third-ranked Georgia. They are currently undefeated in both Hunt Seat and Western.
Sophomores Paige Monfore and Anna Schierholz are both 3-0 on the season having won MVP honors the last two meets, Monfore for Western Reining and Schierholz for Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences. Also 3-0 is Ashton Fairey (Western Reining), Lyndsey Jordan (Western Reining) and Rebecca Rifkin (Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat).
In the latest poll, Auburn is ranked first (69 points), Texas A&M second (56), Georgia third (48), Baylor fourth (47), Oklahoma State fifth (43), TCU sixth (34), South Carolina seventh (31), Fresno State eighth (25), Kansas State ninth (18) and New Mexico State 10th (9). Also receiving votes was Delaware State and South Dakota State with two.
The collegiate coaches competing under the Varsity Equestrian
Championship umbrella initiated the national poll. The poll will be
released bi-monthly with the next announcement scheduled for Feb. 10,
2009. The final poll will be released April 21, 2009.
Auburn also signed a solid recruiting class. Anna Becker from Branchville, N.J., Mallory Campbell from Conyers, Ga., Jillian Fuller from Monroeville, N.J., Lindsay Portela from Southwest Ranches, Fla., and Indy Roper from Hobart, Ind., have signed national letters of intent to attend Auburn University and participate in equestrian for the 2009-10 season.
The Tigers open the spring season at home on Jan. 24 against Delaware State.
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