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No. 4 Seed Equestrian Headed to SEC Championships

March 28, 2013
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The fourth-seeded Texas A&M Equestrian team is set to compete at the inaugural Southeastern Conference Equestrian Championship this weekend in Auburn, Ala., at the Auburn University Horse Center.

The Aggies will face No. 1 seed and event host Auburn Friday at 10 a.m. The winner of that meet will ride against the winner of the Georgia-South Carolina match-up in the championship round Saturday at 2 p.m. The consolation round is slated for a 10 a.m. Saturday start. All times are Central.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the first-ever SEC Equestrian Championship,” Head Coach Tana McKay said. “This conference is full of some of the most talented riders in the country. Riding against other top-notch teams will be an exciting challenge for our team, and the perfect way to get ready for nationals.”

Admission and parking for both days are free to the public. To learn more about the first-ever SEC Equestrian Championship, go to the SEC Championship Central page.

The SEC began sponsoring the sport of equestrian in the summer of 2012, making these championships the first-ever league tournament for the conference. The four SEC schools that sponsor the sport – Texas A&M, Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina – are the only overall national champions in the 10-year history of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA). The Aggies are the defending overall and western national champions.

Schedule of Events

Semifinals: Friday, March 29, 10 a.m.
                No. 4 Texas A&M (5-6, 1-5 SEC) vs. No. 1 Auburn (10-2, 4-2 SEC)
                No. 3 Georgia (8-4, 3-3 SEC) vs. No. 2 South Carolina (6-6, 4-2 SEC)

Championship: Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.
                Winner of A&M/Auburn vs. Winner of Georgia/South Carolina

Consolation: Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.
                Loser of A&M/Auburn vs. Loser of Georgia/South Carolina


Live Scoring

Live scoring for the event is available at http://www.auburntigers.com/sports/w-equest/live-scoring.html for all teams, and through the @AggieEquestrian Twitter feed for the A&M equestrian team.

Texas A&M Lineup

Equitation over Fences:  Haley Buchmiller (So.), Shelby Lawson (Jr.), Marlena Parker (Fr.),Kori Pickett (Sr.), Emily Williams (Sr.), Alt. Hannah Williams (Fr.)

Equitation on the Flat:  Haley Buchmiller (So.), Paige Russell (Jr.), Kelsi Shevlin (Sr.), Marlena Parker (Fr.), Hannah Williams (Fr.), Alt. Emily Williams (Sr.)

*Horsemanship:  Amanda Brightwell (Sr.), Carey Nowacek (Sr.), Caroline Ammons (Jr.), Cassie Mantor (Sr.), Molli Jacobs (So.), 1st Alt. Laura Brainard (Jr.)

Reining:  Becca Murray (Sr.), Lindsey Bernbaum (Jr.), Ashley Skold (So.), Laura Sumrall (So.), Hannah Jechow (Fr.), Alt: Logan Pluhar (Fr.)

*Lineup could vary by day.


Aggies at Conference Championships

The Aggies competed in four Big 12 Championships, earning a 5-3 all-time record at the event. A&M hosted and won the 2011 Big 12 Championship.

Year       Site                        Finish    Record
2009       Stillwater             3rd           1-1
2010       Waco                     2nd          1-1
2011       Bryan                    1st           2-0
2012       Manhattan         2nd          1-1

2012 Big 12 Championship

MANHATTAN, Kan.-The Texas A&M equestrian team missed defending its title by the slimmest of margins on Saturday afternoon, as the third-seeded Aggies fell in a tiebreaker to top-seeded Oklahoma State in the finals of the Big 12 Championship at Timbercreek Stables. With the score deadlocked at eight after all 16 rides were complete, judges ran the scores through the tiebreaker formula, after which the Cowgirls came out on top, 3,329-3,326. The victory gives OSU (10-4) its second Big 12 title, while the Aggies fell to 10-5.

Aggies vs. the SEC Field

Texas A&M has an 8-12 all-time record against the three combined SEC opponents ... the Aggies went 1-5 in league play this year, defeating then-No. 2 Auburn at home in the final regular-season meet with the Tigers.

Opponent           Overall Series                   Streak

Auburn                 AU leads, 3-2                     Won 1

Georgia                                UGA leads, 4-1                  Lost 2

South Carolina   Tied, 5-5                               Lost 2

Date      Opponent                                           Result

S 22        at South Dakota State                    W, 15-5

S 30        at No. 1 Georgia*                             L, 5-17

O 13       at No. 3 Auburn*                             L, 9-11

O 26       No. 10 SMU (HUNT SEAT)             W, 9-3

O 26       No. 8 TCU (WESTERN)                    W, 5-4

N 10       FRESNO STATE                                  W, 17-6

N 16       No. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA                *             L, 8-11

F 02        at No. 5 Oklahoma State               L, 8-16

F 23        at No. 5 South Carolina*               L, 8-12

M 01      No. 2 AUBURN*                                               W, 10-7

M 08      No. 1 GEORGIA*                              L, 16-6

Racking Up the Awards

Senior Emily Williams won the Aggies’ first-ever SEC Rider of the Month honor, earning the award for equitation over fences in October. Junior Laura Brainard was named the NCEA Horsemanship Most Outstanding Player (MOP) the same month. Texas A&M riders won 21 of a possible 40 meet MOP awards throughout the Aggies' competitions this year (52.5 percent), and the awards were spread across the disciplines ... western riders accounted for 13 with hunter seat riders winning eight ... individual MOP leaders were senior Emily Williams in over fences (2), junior Laura Brainard in horsemanship (4) and sophomore Ashley Skold in reining (2).

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