Collegiate Riding: Regular Season Concludes, Career High Score For Duerr

Taylor Duerr of Rochester, N.Y., rides for the South Dakota State NCEA team. Credits: Provided

WACO, Texas – The No. 2 Auburn equestrian team capped the 2017-18 regular season on March 10, defeating Fresno State, 15-2, at the Auburn University Equestrian Center. The Tigers improved to 9-3 overall with the victory.

The Horsemanship corps continued its unbeaten streak, going 4-0-1 against Fresno State. Sophomore Kara Kauffman of Belvidere, N.J. bested Taylor Dixon, 73-69, and junior Lauren Diaz edged Julia Kelly, 72.5-72.

The University of South Carolina finished the 2017-18 equestrian regular season with a 13-6 victory over Fresno State on March 9. With the win, the Gamecocks head into the postseason with triumphs in two of their last three meets.

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One of USC’s points came from Lauren Fabiano, of Malvern, Pa. who collected an 84-79 win on Leon over fences and Madison Sellman of Honeoye Falls, N.Y. won her point, 75-64, on Kenny in the flat class.

The competition was the final home regular-season meet for seniors Fabiano, and Paige Stopperich, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Gamecocks host the 2018 SEC Championships March 30-31 at One Wood Farm. Carolina will learn their semifinal opponent when seedings are announced by the conference office.

The No. 9 South Dakota State equestrian team defeated Minnesota Crookston 15-5 Saturday at the DeHaan Equestrian Center.

Two of those points came from Rocherset, N.Y. native Taylor Duerr.

In Equitation over Fences, Duerr won her point with a 78-72 victory. In Equitation on the Flat she won her point with a 93-79 victory. It was a career high score in that event for Duerr.

Georgia Remains on Top 

The National Collegiate Equestrian Association announced its latest Farnam Team Rankings for collegiate equestrian on March 13, as determined by the NCEA Selection Committee.

No. 1 Georgia has claimed the top spot for the 12th straight week holding a 9-1 overall record for the season. Auburn slots in at No. 2 this week as Oklahoma State moves up to No. 3. Texas A&M moves down to No. 4 after a loss at home to No. 1 Georgia last week.

TCU jumps ahead to No. 5 following a victorious meet against No. 6 SMU. Baylor remains at spot No. 7, UT-Martin at No. 8, South Dakota State at No. 9, and South Carolina rounds up the rankings this week at No. 10.

For all of the latest information on NCEA equestrian, log on to or follow @NCEA_Equestrian on Twitter and _ncea on Instagram.

The teams are now preparing for their conference championships in hopes of a berth in the national championship in April.

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