Collegiate Equestrian: Auburn takes down Georgia; Desiderio Is Rider Of The Month

Alex Desiderio, of Chester, N.J. continues to make an impact for the Texas A & M University Equestrian Team. Credits: Texas A&M Equestrian Team

Local Riders Helping Their Teams Win

The No. 4 Auburn equestrian team put together an impressive showing on the road on Feb. 9, taking down No. 1 Georgia, 12-6. The victory moved the Tigers to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the Southeastern Conference.

In Horsemanship Sophomore Kara Kaufmann, of Belvidere, N.J. tied Madison Anger, 71.5-71.5 to help Auburn win the division 4-0-1.

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“This team has been amazing in practice and on the road these past two weeks,” head coach Greg Williams said. “Coach Jessica Braswell and coach Mary Meneely are getting them ready to ride with any team right now and it shows with not only the outcome, but the fact that we were able to sweep the MOPs today. My favorite part is how the team is continuing to get stronger as a unit outside the arena as well. I love this team and am so happy they are riding home with a huge road win today!”

The South Dakota State equestrian team defeated North Dakota State, 14-2 in an exhibition on Feb. 9 at the DeHaan Equestrian Center.

"We had good rides across the board and it was exciting to be able to compete against a team we haven't seen before," head coach Ellie Wilkins said. "We still have things to work on before our trip to Texas, but we're excited to what the rest of the weekend has in store."

In Equitation over Fences, the Jacks won 3-1. Taylor Duerr, of Rochester, N.Y. captured the first point for South Dakota. Duerr also helped her team sweep the flat classes with an 80-67 victory.

The next day, The South Dakota State equestrian team upended Delaware State 9-7 at the DeHaan Equestrian Center.SDSU improves to 3-3 on the season, while DSU falls to 0-7.

In Equitation on the Flat, the Jacks won 3-1. Duerr captured the first point with an 83-78 decision and later added another point to her team’s score in the flat class.

The No. 2 Texas A&M equestrian team dropped No. 8 South Carolina, 12-6, on Feb 10 in the spring SEC opener at One Wood Farm.

“It’s always good to get a win against an SEC opponent, especially on their home field. It was a good showing from all of the girls. They are always a tough team, so it’s good to get a win, especially that big,” head Coach Tana McKay said. “I feel like we are finally on a roll right now after getting back from the break, so we are going to try to keep that going. We are going to get ready for Auburn next weekend. I feel like we are both coming off big wins, so we will spend time watching video and preparing because they are always tough competitors.”

In Equitation over Fences, Alex Desiderio, of Chester, N.J. edged out her opponent, 78-77, to help Texas take a 4-1 advantage.

The win comes a few days after Desiderio was named The Equifit Equitation Over Fences Rider of the Month for January. She won Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors against the Horned Frogs in January. It was her first MOP of the season and helped the Aggies defeat the Horned Frogs, 3-1, in the event.

No. 7 Baylor equestrian (4-3, 2-1 Big 12) made a late run to defeat No. 6 TCU on Feb. 10 at the Willis Family Equestrian Center, the first conference meet of the spring schedule for the Bears.

With fences and reining starting the day off, the Bears took a 5-4 lead into the break, falling, 2-3, in fences, but taking a strong 3-1 win in reining.

In fences, Shannon Hogue of West Chester, Pa. took her point for the Bears, tying the meet-high score with 83.

On the flat, Madison Day of Brick, N.J. picked up a point, while Brittney Mirkov of Sparta, N.J. tied to keep TCU out of a point.

The win is the second-straight home victory over a ranked opponent at Baylor for first-year head coach Casie Maxwell.

Rankings Updated on Feb. 13

The Georgia Bulldogs retained the top ranking despite the home loss to Auburn, holding a 6-1 record on the season. The Auburn Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies both move up to No. 2 and No. 3 following major road wins against ranked SEC opponents.

The SMU Mustangs and Oklahoma State Cowgirls hold the No. 4 and No. 5 positions. The Baylor Bears move up to No. 6 after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs. TCU drops down to No. 7 and the South Carolina Gamecocks remain at No. 8. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits move into the rankings to No. 9 and the UT-Martin Skyhawks stay in the rankings at No. 10.

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Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Launches New Logo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. —The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) launched a modern new logo to represent the brand. The new logo will unify the entire organization under one image.

In 1967, the IHSA was launched with just two colleges competing in hunter seat equitation. The organization was praised for its innovative competition format and quickly caught on. In 1979, the Western divisions premiered at the IHSA National Championships.

The IHSA has grown and evolved over the last 50 years. The original logo, portraying a horse jumping a split-rail fence, was created when the organization was in its infancy. A separate Western logo, depicting a reining slide was created after the Western divisions were added. Though encased in a similar circular format with the same color scheme as the original, the artwork was of a different style than the original. The IHSA leadership was challenged to combine the images in a compact form.

The new logo is a departure from the detailed realism of the original and reflects a new modern approach that is representational and borderless to convey the dynamism and spirit of the IHSA.

"Proud as we are of our rich history, it was time for a change," said Bob Cacchione, IHSA founder and executive director. "With the increase in communications and the significance of social media, it is really important to have one image that represents the organization. We are excited to move forward with our new look."

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