The Auburn equestrian team, now 6-8, rides against undefeated Georgia at 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Auburn University Horse Center.
The team returned from its away weekend undefeated in hunt seat, but with two overall losses and one win.
Auburn's undefeated record was broken Friday with an 11-8 loss to No. 2 Texas A&M and an 11-7 loss Saturday to No. 6 TCU.
The hunt seat defeated SMU 6-4 Sunday at Buck Branch Farm in Wilmer, Texas, maintaining their undefeated record.
Auburn won 4-1 in equitation on the flat, with senior Ali Loprete receiving MVP.
The Mustangs defeated the Tigers 3-2 in equitation over fences, finalizing the 6-4 score.
Coach Greg Williams is feeling strong about both the hunt seat and western's performance at all three meets this past weekend.
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"The hunt seat squad had a really strong showing all weekend," Williams said. "They proved no matter how we mix them up in the line up, they can win. We also won against two of the strongest western teams in the country at their place. We just didn't totally get the job done."
Williams said he feels confident about the standing of Auburn's hunt seat and thinks it will be tough competition for Georgia.
"I feel like, right now I would just have to say our hunt seat is, if not the toughest in the country, I don't know anyone tougher," Williams said.
The next meet is against five-time national champions and conference rival Georgia, which Williams said has the team energized.
"It's definitely a big meet," Williams said. "They're No. 1 in the country, they're defending National Champions, they've been the No. 1 dynasty, and they're still No. 1 right now."
Senior hunt seat rider Anna Schierholz went undefeated this weekend and said she feels the team is geared up to take on the Bulldogs.
"I think that we're really well-prepared," Schierholz said. "Competing at home is going to feel like a breeze because we know the horses, and it's our home turf, and we want to protect it, and we can,"
The Bulldogs currently stand 5-0, finishing a road victory with a 11-8 win over Baylor.
Georgia also recorded a 16-4 victory over Kansas State, an 11-1 victory over SMU, and a 15-4 victory over South Carolina.
Auburn's last meet with Georgia was the final meet of the fall season.
Georgia defeated Auburn 12-8 Nov. 18, 2009.
Auburn still holds the No. 3 spot in the current NCAA Equestrian Coaches Poll, but Schierholz said the team is ready to take on the No. 1 rival.
"I think we really need to buckle down and give Georgia everything we've got," Schierholz said.
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