For the fifth time in school history and the fourth time this decade, the Auburn Tigers are national champions in equestrian.
No. 2 Auburn defeated No. 1 Georgia, 10-5, on Saturday to claim the overall team championship at the 2018 National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championships in Waco, Texas.
— Auburn Equestrian (@AuburnEQ) April 21, 2018
The win marks Auburn’s first team national title since 2016. The Tigers also won overall team titles in 2006, 2011 and 2013. As an athletic department, Auburn’s last four titles have all come in equestrian. The last non-equestrian title came in 2010 (football).
— Tigers Unlimited (@TigersUnlimited) April 21, 2018
Auburn swept Georgia in Equitation on the Flat, 4-0, with a combined score of 712. The Tigers also won Equitation over Fences, 3-1, and Horsemanship, 2-1. Georgia’s only event win came in Reining, 3-1.
But Auburn equestrian isn’t done in terms of championship contention.
Auburn will also compete for the national titles in all four individual events — Equitation Over Fences, Horsemanship, Reining and Equitation on the Flat — Saturday afternoon. Auburn was the only program to advance to the titles in all four events.
Auburn lost two meets to Georgia earlier this season, including one for the SEC championship. But the Tigers, which also beat the Bulldogs on the road in February, will claim the biggest prize over their arch rivals.
Here’s how the scoring broke down:
#2 AUBURN 10, #1 GEORGIA 5
Equitation on the Flat
Ashton Alexander (AU) def. Madison Newman (UGA), 177-175
Taylor St. Jacques (AU)* def. Grace Bridges (UGA), 179-171
Hayley Iannotti (AU) def. Addyson Cord (UGA), 175-173
Caitlin Boyle (AU) def. Maddy Darst (UGA), 181-175
Equitation Over Fences
Emma Mandarino (UGA) def. Hayley Iannotti (AU), 167-161
Caitlin Boyle (AU)* def. Addyson Cord (UGA), 177-168
Taylor St. Jacques (AU) def. Ali Tritschler (UGA), 171-168
Ashton Alexander (AU) def. Maddy Darst (UGA), 160-153
Graysen Stroud (UGA)* def. Taylor Searles (AU), 153.5-150.5
Kelsey Jung (AU) def. Bailey Anderson (UGA), 149.5-147
Deanna Green (AU) tied Payton Anderson (UGA), 151-151
Lauren Diaz (AU) def. Sammie Johnson (UGA), 148.5-147.5
Graysen Stroud (UGA) def. Blair McFarlin (AU), 146-145.5
Kyndall Harper (UGA)* def. Terri-June Granger (AU), 143-141
Annabeth Payne (UGA) def. Betsy Brown (AU), 137.5-132
Alexa Rivard (AU) def. Jordan Carpenter (UGA), 141.5-134.5
* – Denotes Most Outstanding Performer