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Auburn Equestrian Repeats as National Champions

Auburn University goes undefeated in 2018-19 season captures the 2019 National Collegiate Equestrian Association collegiate championship in a repeat from 2018.
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By Jill J. Dunkel  

Razor thin. 

That’s the best way to describe the margins of victory April 20 at the National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championships. After four days of bracket-style competition, the championship round saw competitive rides in the team and event finals, with the reining and horsemanship titles coming down to tie-breakers, and a one-point margin of victory deciding the team competition. 

The morning kicked off with SEC rivals Auburn University and the University of Georgia once again going head-to-head for the team title. Georgia prevailed on the western side, 5-2, winning horsemanship, 3-1, and reining, 2-1, after Terri June Granger from Auburn and Annabeth Payne of Georgia tied for the last reining point. However, Auburn’s hunt seat team sealed the repeat win for the Tigers with a 6-2 victory and a total team score of 8-7. 

Auburn, which sat at the No. 1 position all year, remained undefeated for the 2018-19 season. 

“This is a team who I thought from the get-go deserved it. We watched them develop as a team be undefeated all the way to this point. We knew it was within our reach,” said Auburn head coach Greg Williams. “It’s truly an honor to be with them, and it’s been an amazing journey.”
After the close loss in the team competition, Georgia’s western riders had to saddle up and compete again – this time in the event finals.
In horsemanship, Georgia battled with Texas Christian University to a 2-2 tie. The raw score tiebreaker gave the Bulldogs the title with 887.5 points compared to the Horned Frogs’ 881. 

The reining event final was even closer, with Georgia taking on Southern Methodist University. After four rides, the teams were knotted at 2-2. The edge went to the Bulldogs with 845.5 in raw score, compared to the Mustang’s 841.5. The win also gave the western team championship to Georgia.

Georgia Assistant Coach Sara Parr said the day was a rollercoaster of emotion, first losing a close race with Auburn for the team title, and then refocusing to capture two event championships in the same day. 

“It was a long day,” she said. “I’m really proud of this team how they stayed together and kept battling, and in the end it worked out in our favor.”

Complete coverage of the event is available at collegiateequestrian.com.

A complete list of winners and individual rider honors:

Team Champions: Auburn

Event Champions
Equitation over Fences: Georgia
Equitation on the Flat: Auburn
Horsemanship: Georgia
Reining: Georgia

Discipline Champions
Hunter Seat: Auburn
Western: Georgia

Team Championship Most Outstanding Players

Equitation over Fences: Taylor St. Jacques, Auburn
Equitation on the Flat: Taylor St. Jacques, Auburn
Horsemanship: Ashley Davidson, Texas A&M
Reining: Graysen Stroud, Georgia

Event Championship Most Outstanding Players

Equitation over Fences: Emma Kurtz, Auburn
Equitation on the Flat: Caitlin Boyle, Auburn
Horsemanship: Natalia Devencenty, TCU
Reining: Madison Steed, SMU

Most Outstanding Horses

Equitation over Fences: Alaina from SMU
Equitation on the Flat: Valducchy from Georgia
Horsemanship: “Chili” from Oklahoma State
Reining: “Moe” from SMU

2019 NCEA All-Championship Team 

Equitation Over Fences
Taylor St. Jacques, Auburn* 
Emma Kurtz, Auburn^ 
McKayla Langmeier, Auburn 
Caroline Dance, Texas A&M 
Haley Redifer, Texas A&M 

Equitation on the Flat
Taylor St. Jacques, Auburn* 
Caitlin Boyle, Auburn^ 
McKayla Langmeier, Auburn 
Katie Schell, Oklahoma State 
Rebekah Chenelle, Texas A&M 

Horsemanship
Ashley Davidson, Texas A&M* 
Natalia Devencenty, TCU^ 
Taylor Searles, Auburn 
Graysen Stroud, Georgia 
Sarah Orsak, Texas A&M 

Reining
Graysen Stroud, Georgia* 
Madison Steed, SMU^ 
Blair McFarlin, Auburn 
Annabeth Payne, Georgia 
Jordan Carpenter, Georgia 

*Team Championship MOP 
^Event Championship MOP