Auburn University wins 2013 NCEA overall championship

April 21st, 2013 6:13 PM | No Comments

 

Auburn University wins the 2013 National Collegiate Equestrian Association overall championship, Oklahoma State earns the western title.

by Larry Jo Starkey, The American Quarter Horse Journal

Auburn University's head equestrian coach, Greg Williams, is doused with water after his team wins the 2013 overall NCEA national title. (Larri Jo Starkey photo)

Auburn University clinched the overall national equestrian title April 20 at the National Collegiate Equestrian Association national finals in Waco, Texas.

After Auburn won the English bracket, Auburn and the University of Georgia were tied for the overall championship, leading to a “sudden death” playoff.

“It was a long hard day!” said Greg Williams, head coach for Auburn. “(The hardest part was) making sure we stayed focus and didn’t think about this end result – thinking about just what was in our control.”

In NCEA competition, an NCAA-emerging sport formerly known as Varsity Equestrian, competitors from two schools ride the same pattern on the same horse. The student-athlete with the highest score wins the match, earning a point for her team. Students compete in equitation, equitation over fences, horsemanship and reining.

In normal competition, four riders represent each school in each discipline. For the ride-off, each team selected one representative for each discipline.

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