Nov. 2, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Georgia equestrian team remains the No. 1 team in the nation, according to the latest Coaches Poll. The No. 1 ranking sets up a showdown between the top-two teams in the country on Friday, as No. 2 South Carolina travels to Bishop, Ga., in a Southeastern Conference Showdown.
Georgia is 2-0 and is coming off a 14-10 win at Baylor on Oct. 12. The top-ranked Bulldogs are 2-0 and coming off a 14-10 win at Baylor on Oct. 12. The second-ranked Gamecocks are also 2-0 after defeating Auburn on Oct. 4. Third-ranked Auburn is 2-1 and preparing for a Nov. 9 meeting against Georgia at the Auburn Horse Center, where the Tigers are 23-3 since the 2008-2009 season.
Texas A&M and Oklahoma State were both tied at No. 4 in the last poll, but the Aggies picked up a Hunt Seat win over SMU and a Western victory over TCU on Oct. 26 to take over sole possession of the fourth spot.
Kansas State continues its climb up the poll to No. 5, as the Wildcats are 5-0 in dual meets this season. Their only loss came in a Hunt Seat competition against SMU.
The Wildcats’ 13-6 win over South Dakota State on Oct. 20 helped Kansas State move up, jumping Oklahoma State in the process and sending the Cowgirls down to No. 6.
TCU moves up to seventh from eighth, as the Horned Frogs jump Baylor in the poll. The Bears fall back to No. 8 and have lost three in a row.
The bottom two spots in the poll remain unchanged, as New Mexico State holds steady at No. 9 and Southern Methodist remains ranked tenth.
The collegiate coaches competing under the National Collegiate Equestrian Association umbrella initiated the national poll. With only two more polls scheduled during the fall, the next poll will be released on November 14.