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NCEA Collegiate Championships: Day 3

Tie-breakers come into play in the 2019 National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championships event brackets.
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By Jill J. Dunkel

Riders competed with a win-or-go-home attitude April 19 at the National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championships in Waco, Texas.

In the event quarterfinals and semifinals, teams forced ties that were broken on raw score.

In horsemanship, these teams were knotted up: 

  • University of Georgia-Auburn University
  • South Carolina-Southern Methodist University
  • Texas Christian University-Texas A&M University
  • Oklahoma State University-Baylor University

Show officials broke each tie on the raw score total, with Georgia, South Carolina, TCU and Baylor advancing. In the semifinals matchup, TCU and Baylor once again tied, with TCU punching their ticket to the event championship based on raw score. 

Georgia, however, made dominating rides over South Caroline to earn the right to face the Horned Frogs in the finals.

Reining also saw raw scores make the difference in tie situations between Georgia and Auburn, with the Bulldogs advancing to the next round. SMU and Texas A&M also tied, with the edge going to SMU. The other matches were dominating, with South Carolina sweeping Baylor and Delaware State blanking Oklahoma State. 

That set up the semifinal match between SMU and South Carolina, with the Mustangs edging the Gamecocks in a tiebreaker. Georgia bested Delaware State 3-1, meaning the Bulldogs will compete in the finals of both western events.

Both reining and horsemanship will see first-time competitors in the event final in SMU and TCU. TCU started the horsemanship bracket seeded seventh, but consistently defeated higher ranked teams in several very close matches. 

Assistant coach Melissa Dukes said the plan is to take each ride as it comes and ride the horse to the best of his ability in the final round.
SMU is making its debut in the reining final in as the No. 4 seed. 

“This is an exciting moment for SMU Equestrian because it’s the first time to ever play on Saturday. It’s a big deal for this team,” said assistant coach Carol Gwin.

Stay tuned to for additional updates from the  April 20 championships. Auburn faces Georgia in the team competition, and the event championships will ride after noon. Live streaming is available from EQSportsNet. Live scoring for each event is also available at