The No. 4 Auburn equestrian team picked up big road win and defeated No. 8 South Carolina, 10-8, at One Wood Farm in Blythewood, S.C., Saturday afternoon. With the win, Auburn improved to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in Southeastern Conference competition.
“This was a great road win,” head coach Greg Williams said. “We rocked along in complacency most of this year and I even shrugged off a couple losses, which is very uncharacteristic. I am so proud of the way our team has banded together and are riding to win. From what I’ve been seeing, this is only the beginning. We haven’t seen anything yet.”
Heading into the final event of the day, Reining, Auburn lead the Gamecocks, 9-5. That was when sophomore stepped up. Brown sealed the victory in the opening match, scoring a career best 75 points to earn MOP honors. That total also tied with the team’s highest score this season.
The Tigers went into intermission with a comfortable 5-3 advantage over South Carolina following a solid showing from both the Equitation on the Flat and Horsemanship riders.
After the intermission Auburn didn't slow down. The Tigers went on to earn the victory, and gained momentum for next weeks trip to Texas.
The Tigers will close out their regular season traveling to No. 2 Baylor (March 3) and No. 1 Texas A&M (March 4). Auburn will host the 2017 SEC Equestrian Championship, March 24-25, at the Auburn University Horse Center.
#4 AUBURN 11, #8 SOUTH CAROLINA 8
Equitation on the Flat
Caitlin Boyle (AU) tied Lauren Fabiano (SC), 82-82
Hayley Iannotti (AU) def. Lizzie Van der Walde (SC), 88-85
Ashton Alexander (AU)* def. Sydney Smith (SC), 87-84
Ashley Foster (AU) def. Madison Sellman (SC), 88-82
Chloe Schmidt (SC) def. Tory Hoft (AU), 87-77
Equitation Over Fences
Ashton Alexander (AU) def. Lizzie Van der Walde (SC), 86-85
Alex Ladove (AU) def. Madison Butehorn (SC), 83-75
Ashley Foster (AU)* def. Chloe Schmidt (SC), 90-80
Sydney Smith (SC) def. Hayley Iannotti (AU), 84-78
Madison Sellman (SC) def. Caitlin Boyle (AU), 79-75
Drew Rogers (AU) tied Paige Stopperich (SC), 72.5-72.5
Megan Overberg (SC) def. Lauren Diaz (AU), 74-72.5
Kara Kaufmann (AU) def. Bailey Mierzejewski (SC), 73.5-71
Hannah Stephens (AU)* def. Courtney Allen (SC), 75-68.5
Madison Thiel (SC) def. Megan Rauh (AU), 73.5-72
Betsy Brown (AU)* def. Paisley Roberts (SC), 75-72
Bailey Walters (SC) def. Alexa Rivard (AU), 71-68
Jordan Scott (SC) def. Ali Fratessa (AU), 68-67
Carolina Gute (SC) def. Lauren Diaz (AU) 71.5-71
Blair McFarlin (AU) def. Madison Thiel (SC), 71-69