Nov. 14, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The University of Georgia equestrian team fell two spots to No. 3 in the latest Coaches Poll released today. The Bulldogs' slide comes after a pair of losses to South Carolina and Auburn.
The Gamecocks move to No. 1 for the first time since 2009, receiving nine of 100 first-place votes, while Auburn jumped the Bulldogs to take the No. 2 ranking,
Despite the two losses, Georgia had strong individual performances, as Carly Anthony (Equitation on the Flat) and Abby O'Mara (Equitation Over Fences) each earned MOP honors against South Carolina with scores of 76 and 84, respectively. Bulldog riders picked up three-of-four MOP honors against Auburn, with Anthony earning scores in the 90s to take the awards in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences. Maria Salazar scored a meet-best score of 76 to win MOP honors in Horsemanship.
Texas A&M holds steady at No. 4 but will look to move up when the Aggies host the Gamecocks on Friday. Kansas State remains fifth, as the Wildcats lead the nation with six wins this season.
Oklahoma State remains No. 6 this week as the Cowgirls prepare to host the Wildcats on Saturday in Stillwater. Despite losing two of its last three meets, TCU stays put at No. 7. The Horned Frogs travel to Waco on Sunday to face Baylor.
Baylor snapped a three-meet losing streak as the Bears defeated Fresno State on Nov. 9 to hold steady at No. 8. Baylor will host South Carolina on Saturday and TCU on Sunday.
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 one more polls scheduled during the fall, the final poll of 2012 will be released on November 28.