Equestrian Maintains No. 1 Ranking
Oct. 17, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of Georgia equestrian team maintained its No. 1 ranking in the latest coaches poll, it was announced today. It marks the third-straight poll that the Bulldogs have held the No. 1 ranking.
The Bulldogs are 2-0 on the season and are coming off a 14-10 win at then-No. 5 Baylor last week. It was the second time in as many competitions that Georgia had taken on a team that won a national title last season. It is also the second time this season that the Bulldogs took on a team ranked in the top-five. The teams kept it close in Equitation on the Flat, Reining and Equitation Over Fences, tying in each event, bringing the overall match score to 9-9. Georgia’s Horsemanship squad sealed the win for the Bulldogs with a dominating 5-1 win.
The Southeastern Conference schools once again dominated the polls, with South Carolina finishing second, Auburn finishing third and Texas A&M finishing fourth in the poll.
Oklahoma State is the first non-SEC school to crack the top-four this season, tying with Texas A&M for fourth.
Kansas State moves up one spot to No. 6, as the Wildcats have a 4-1 record this season.
Baylor slides down two spots down to No. 7 as the Bears (3-3) have lost their last three meets.
TCU holds steady at No. 8, as the Horned Frogs picked up a Hunt Seat victory over SMU on Oct. 5. New Mexico State maintains its position a No. 9, as the Aggies are 3-3 and coming off a win over West Texas A&M.
SMU remains tenth in the latest poll. The Mustangs are 3-1 in Hunt Seat action this year and will travel to face Texas A&M on Oct. 26.
The collegiate coaches competing under the National Collegiate Equestrian Association umbrella initiated the national poll. The next poll will be released on October 31.