Georgia Equestrian Sits Atop Coaches Poll
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Oct. 3, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. – After handing Texas A&M a 17-5 loss last weekend, the University of Georgia equestrian team finds itself in sole possession of the top spot in the latest Coaches Poll. Georgia and Texas A&M entered last weekend’s competition tied for the No. 1 spot. The Bulldogs were one vote shy of being a unanimous No. 1 pick.

Georgia used a dominating performance by the Hunt Seat team to defeat the Aggies in the first-ever Southeastern Conference equestrian meet. The Bulldog Hunt Seat squad outscored Texas A&M 11-1, including career-high and MVP-wining score of 97 by Caitlyn Francis in Equitation on the Flat. In addition to Francis’ 97, three other Bulldogs earned scores in the 90’s in Equitation on the Flat. Georgia’s Western team defeated Texas A&M 6-4, including a 4-2 win in Reining. McKenzie Lantz, Samantha Belcher and Lauren Tieche tied for Georgia’s high school, each finishing with a 69.5. Each of Georgia’s Horsemanship riders scored in the 70s, with Megan Hawkins leading the way with a 73.5.

Once again, members of the SEC occupy the top four spots in the poll. South Carolina moved up two spots to No. 2, following a season-opening win against Oklahoma State, which is currently ranked sixth. Auburn retains its No. 3 ranking following a season-opening win over Oklahoma State. The Aggies drop to No. 4 after going 1-1 in the opening two weeks of the season.

Baylor moves up one spot to No. 5, as the Bears prepare for a weekend road trip to compete at Kansas State and Oklahoma State in back-to-back days.

Kansas State holds steady at No, 7, as the Wildcats have won their only dual meet of the season, a 13-7 decision over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday. TCU remains at No. 8 as the Horned Frogs defeated New Mexico State in their season opener.

Despite the loss to TCU, the Aggies move up one spot to No. 9, as New Mexico State started its season with a pair of wins at Baylor’s Willis Invitational in September. 

SMU finds itself on the coaches poll for the first time this season, as the Mustangs check in at No. 10. SMU is 4-0 this season in Hunt Seat action and did receive one second-place vote. 

The collegiate coaches competing under the National Collegiate Equestrian Association’s umbrella initiated the national poll. The poll will be released bi-monthly with the next announcement scheduled for Oct. 17, 2012. 

Ranking/Team/Points
1. Georgia (108)
2. South Carolina (83)
3. Auburn (82)
4. Texas A&M (81)
5. Baylor (64)
6. Oklahoma State (62)
7. Kansas State (41)
8. Texas Christian (36)
9. New Mexico State (14)
10. Southern Methodist (13)
Receiving votes – Tennessee-Martin (8), Fresno State (7), Delaware State (3), South Dakota State (3).

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