WACO, Texas. — Local riders scored points for their team in National Collegiate Equestrian Association Action of the weekend.
Kara Kaufmann tied once and earned a point while competing for the No. 1 Auburn equestrian team in horsemanship.
She rode to a 72.5 tie in the meet with U.T Martin on Feb. 8, which the team won 17-0 and moved to 8-0 on the season.
The victory marked the third-straight win over a Top 10 team in 2019. “This team is riding at such a high level,” head coach Greg Williams said. “We have a lot of momentum right now and are really going on all cylinders.”
Auburn finished up the weekend earning a commanding 20-0 win over South Dakota State on Feb. 9 and improved to 9-0 on the season.
“This was better than yesterday’s performance,” head coach Greg Williams said. “The team has been riding at a very high level all year and we’re continuing to clean up areas that could lose us points. I’m just impressed with how they continue to work hard for each other and I’m happy we were able to put a performance together today for our alumni that were here.”
In that contest, Kaufmann outscored her opponent 76.5 to 75 to win the point for the team.
The Tigers will face the nationally-ranked South Carolina on the road, Feb. 16, looking to stretch their unbeaten record and to take their fourth win in the Southeastern Conference.
Carolina Downs TCU, 13-5
The South Carolina equestrian team defeated TCU, 13-5, on Feb. 9 at One Wood Farm in Blythewood, S.C.
In Equitation on the Flat, Madison Sellman of Honeoye Falls, N.Y. won her matchup, 77-62.
Georgia Takes Down Texas A&M, 12-8
The eighth-ranked University of Georgia equestrian team rode to another upset victory over No. 2 Texas A&M, 12-8, on Feb. 9 at the UGA Equestrian Complex, in Bishop, Ga.
Georgia (3-4, 2-2 SEC) claimed the first event of the day, Equitation Over Fences, 3-2. Senior captain Emma Mandarino, of Bedminster, N.J. scored the first point of the day defeating her opponent 79 to 77.
Georgia tabbed their second SEC victory and is now 2-0 over the Aggies for the 2018-19 season and jumped up to sixth in the new rankings announced on Feb. 12.
Baylor Earns 11-8 Victory Over OSU
No. 5 Baylor equestrian (5-3, 2-1 Big 12) pocketed an 11-8 home win over No. 7 Oklahoma State (2-5, 1-2 Big 12) in its first conference meet of spring play on Feb. 9 at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.
The morning started out with fences where the Bears and the Cowgirls battled it out with BU clinching a close 3-2 victory in the event. Madison Day, of Brick N.J. and Shannon Hogue, of West Chester, Pa. each snagged points for the Bears with Day's 88 earning Most Outstanding Performer honors.
The second half of the meet started back up with equitation on the flat, where BU defended their lead with a 4-1 win in the discipline. Hogue and Day again contributed points.
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