COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 9 Texas A&M equestrian team ends the fall season Sunday at the Brazos County Expo Complex, hosting No. 3 Auburn in a Southeastern Conference match-up. The meet is the Aggies’ final competition in the BCEC, as the team will begin competition in the Thomas G. Hildebrand DVM ’56 Equine Complex in February.
The Aggies (2-3, 1-1 SEC) and Tigers (3-1, 1-1 SEC) will start the competition with equitation over fences, slated for an 11 a.m. start in the South Arena. Horsemanship will follow fences in the South Arena, beginning at approximately 12:45 p.m. Equitation on the flat is set to start at 1 p.m. in the North Arena, and the show will end with reining in the South Arena, starting at about 2:30 p.m. All times are Central. All home meets are free to the public.
“Auburn is a great team that has won four national championships in the past three seasons,” Texas A&M Head Coach Tana McKay said. “In our short history of competition against Auburn, each meet has been challenging and exciting to watch. Riding against Auburn at home is the perfect way to end the fall season and our time in the Brazos County Expo Complex.”
Texas A&M enjoyed a two-week break after dropping a narrow, 9-10 loss at then-No. 1 Georgia on Nov. 8. The flat and reining teams earned victories and Laura Brainard’s horsemanship ride impressed the judge and the senior earned her first Most Outstanding Player honor of the season.
Aggie junior Molli Jacobs placed third at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge, Thursday in Oklahoma City. Jacobs defeated Auburn’s Stephanie Rucci in the first round, 148.5-142.5, and South Carolina’s Johnna Letchworth, 148-143.5 to reach the final round.
Auburn is making the rounds in Texas on its first trip away from home this season, riding at Baylor on Friday and SMU on Saturday before ending its tour of the Lone Star State at Texas A&M. The Tigers are fresh off of a 12-8 victory against UGA last weekend that put them at No. 3 in the polls.
The Aggies and Tigers last met in the SEC Championship semifinals in March, where Auburn rode to an 11-8 victory on its home soil. The Aggies’ first-ever SEC win came against the Tigers on March 1. Texas A&M and Auburn have competed six times in the varsity format, with Auburn leading the series 4-2. Auburn was the 2013 overall and hunter seat National Champion.
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Approximate Schedule of Events
11 a.m. Equitation over fences South Arena
12:45 p.m. Horsemanship South Arena
1 p.m. Equitation on the flat North Arena
2:30 p.m. Reining South Arena