April 19, 2008
Waco, Texas- The Auburn equestrian team won its first National Championship Saturday in Hunt Seat, 5-2, defeating second-seed Texas A&M at the 2008 Varsity Equestrian National Championships. In individual championships, both Julie Gibbes and Rebecca Rifkin lost in their opening rounds. This is the second National Championship for Auburn; the Tigers previously won the overall National Championship in 2006.
"Our Hunt Seat team has been the strongest team at Nationals," said Auburn head coach Greg Williams. "The girls did a phenomenal job. It is so fun to win a discipline title like Hunt Seat where the trophy is named after one of your former assistant coaches, Herb Schneider. We are so proud to be bringing a National Championship back to Auburn."
Auburn won Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences 2-1 defeating Texas A&M. Tiger winners included Jessica Braswell over Lindsay Smith 162-146 and Ali Loprete over Katie Henion 166-162. Aggie winners included Kristi Waldal over Anna Schierholz 165-161. Tying with a score of 157 were Auburn's Dottie Grubb and Texas A&M's Erin Ivy.
Auburn won Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat 3-1. Tiger winners included Chelsea Anheuser over Ashlie Soderstrom 144-125, Katie Breedlove over Lindsey Lawrence 143-133 and Coburn Park over Brittany Dodson 152-144. Aggie winners included Christina Matz over Ali Loprete 155-154.
The results for the 2008 Varsity Equestrian National Championships are listed below:
In the Hunt Seat division, Auburn finished first, Texas A&M second, Georgia third, Oklahoma State fourth and South Carolina fifth.
In the Western division, Texas Christian finished first, Georgia second, Kansas State third, Oklahoma State fourth and Texas A&M fifth.
In the overall standings, Georgia finished first, Texas A&M second, Auburn third, Oklahoma State fourth and Kansas State fifth.
In individual championships, Georgia's Haylie Jayne defeated Auburn's Rifkin 160-154 in Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat, while Oklahoma State's Leah Kuehn defeated Auburn's Gibbes 141-139.5 in Western Reining. The individual champions in Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences and Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat were South Carolina's Kristin Terebesi, in Western Horsemanship Texas A&M's Caroline Gunn and in Western Reining Georgia's Sarah Locker.