WACO, Texas — The No. 1 Auburn equestrian team did something no other program has done in the modern history of the sport. The Tigers put together an undefeated regular season as the squad topped rival and No. 7 Georgia, 17-3, at the Auburn University Equestrian Center on March 8.
The win moved the squad to 13-0 overall and 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference
"Going undefeated is just so hard to do with this sport so this is unbelievable," head coach Greg Williams said. "I couldn't be more proud of this team. I think the biggest reason we finished undefeated was the way they conduct themselves out of the arena. They have a great team unity and chemistry and they are a force to be reckoned with."
Auburn also recognized the 15 members of the 2019 senior class during the meet. The group holds a 56-10 record over four seasons with two national championships and one conference title.
"Hats off to the senior leadership on this team," Williams said. "This class is really special and the one thing they are trying to do is push the underclassmen into roles of leadership. They want to leave a legacy of here and are on their way to that."
Kennedy Knapic of Smithtown, N.Y. was among the seniors honored. She did not compete at the meet, but provided a demo ride. She is majoring in pre-veterinary medicine.
The only other local rider in action was Kara Kaufman of Belvidere, N.J. who suffered a close loss but finishes the regular season 6-5-2 in horsemanship.
The South Carolina equestrian team defeated Delaware State on Senior Day, 15-4, on March 8 at One Wood Farm.
With the victory, South Carolina ends the regular season at 6-6 overall and 1-5 in SEC competitions. The Hornets fell to a season mark of 3-7 and stand at 3-1 in the UEC.
Competing on Tattoo, Carolina junior Madison Sellman of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., defeated Zoe Kirsch, of Pittstown, N.J., 83-75.
The eighth-ranked TCU equestrian program took down No. 3 SMU on March 9, 13-7.
The Horned Frogs also honored its seniors including Marah Huston, of Harrisonville, Pa., who posted a 78, earning a victory on Cupid in the western arena.
The fifth-ranked Oklahoma State equestrian team defeated Fresno State, 14-5, at Totusek Arena on Senior Day.
The meet started inside with Equitation Over Fences. OSU (7-5) jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead including a point from freshman, Sydnie Ziegler, of Quakertown, Pa.
Later, in Equitation on the Flat, Ziegler picked up her second point of the day.
No. 2 Texas A&M Equestrian concluded the regular season with an 11-9 victory over No. 5 Baylor at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.
With the win, the Aggies head into the SEC Championship with a 9-4 record while Baylor falls to 7-4.
In the meet's first event, Equitation over Fences, the Aggies wasted no time jumping out to a 3-0 lead, with one of those wins coming from sophomore, Caroline Dance, of West Chester, Pa.
The Aggies concluded the meet with a 3-2 triumph in Equitation on the Flat. Senior, Adele McKenna, of Rumson, N.J., defeated Shannon Hogue, of West Chester, Pa., 83-80, before Dance tallied a 76-73 victory for her second score of the day.
The teams are now preparing for the thier conference championships the last two wekends in March which wil help determine those who will compete in the NCEA Championships in mid-April.
FARNAM Top 10 Rankings (March 12, 2019)
2. Texas A&M
3. Oklahoma State
5. South Carolina
9. Fresno State
10. UT Martin
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