COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina equestrian team starts a three-match road trip this weekend when it faces Auburn. The ninth-ranked Gamecocks and second-ranked Tigers square off at 11 a.m. CT at the Auburn University Horse Center in Auburn, Ala.
The Gamecocks close out their six-meet SEC regular-season schedule on Saturday. Live results for the day are available here.
LAST TIME OUT
The Gamecocks were tripped up by No. 1 Georgia, 12-7, on Feb. 17 at One Wood Farm.
Two Gamecocks brought home MOP honors in the loss. Paisley Roberts won reining laurels for the second-straight meet, and Lizzie van der Walde won the equitation over fences award.
In addition to her jumping victory, van der Walde added a point in equitation on the flat.
Roberts and Bailey Walters each rode for the 50th time as Gamecocks in the Georgia meet.
LAST TIME vs. AUBURN
The Gamecocks fell to Auburn, 13-6, on Nov. 17 at One Wood Farm.
Carolina earned two points apiece from their flat, fences and reining crews.
Bridgett White (reining) and Lauren Fabiano (equitation over fences) took home MOP honors for the Gamecocks.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Auburn is 6-3 (3-2 SEC) this season, and the Tigers are ranked second in the latest NCEA national poll.
The Tigers enter Saturday's meet on a three-match winning streak, including a 12-6 win over Georgia on Feb. 9 and an 11-7 triumph over Texas A&M on Feb. 17.
Junior Caitlin Boyle paces Auburn's hunt seat team with nine flat wins and eight fences victories.
Deanna Green and Kelsey Jung each hold seven horsemanship wins, while Betsy Brown's six reining victories mark the team lead.
HISTORY VS. AUBURN
Carolina is 22-21 all-time against Auburn, though the Tigers have won the last eight matchups.
One of the most important wins in Carolina history came against the Tigers, a 10-8 victory in the 2013 SEC Championship final.
Auburn is 10-7 against the Gamecocks in meets contested at the Auburn Horse Center.
South Carolina's last trip to Auburn came Nov. 18, 2016, a 13-5 setback. Both western MOP honors went to Gamecocks, with Megan Overberg (horsemanship) and Bailey Walters (reining) taking home trophies.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina is ranked ninth in the latest NCEA national poll, and they hold a 2-6 (0-5 SEC) record.
Madison Brayman leads Carolina in the hunt seat arena with five wins apiece in equitation and equation over fences. Lauren Fabiano also has five wins in jumping.
Megan Overberg is riding a three-match winning streak and paces the horsemanship squad with five wins.
Bailey Walters had her five-match winning streak snapped against Georgia but still paces the Gamecocks with five wins in the discipline.
Paisley Roberts (reining) and Lizzie van der Walde (equitation over fences) have also won three straight points.
Fabiano was named SEC Rider of the Month in November for her jumping efforts, while Kate Eagleton earned the NCEA's Standout Rider of the Month award in November.
Horsemanship standout Reggie was named NCEA Horse of the Month for January. A member of the Carolina squad since 2012, Reggie has competed at both the SEC and NCEA Championships and has been an NCEA top-10 horse each season since 2012-13.
GAMECOCK PROGRAM HISTORY
The 2017-18 season marks the 22nd year of the Gamecock equestrian program, as well as head coach Boo Major's 21st season at the helm.
The Gamecocks have won three national championships (2005, 2007, 2015).
South Carolina has two runner-up finishes (2006, 2014).
The Gamecocks have won two SEC Conference championships (2013, 2014).
Carolina won the 2012 Southern Equestrian Championship, the precursor to the SEC Championship, which was added for the 2012-13 season
MEET THE COACHES
The 2017-18 campaign will be the 21st season for head coach Boo Major, as Major celebrated the milestone mark of 20 years last year.
In those 20 years at the helm, Major has piled up three NCEA National Championships, two SEC Championships and two National Coach of the Year awards (2014, 2015).
Associate head coach Ruth Sorrel is in her 13th year with the Gamecocks as the leader of Carolina's western team.
South Carolina welcomes home Kristen Terebesi this season, as the former Gamecock equestrian standout returns to lead the hunt seat squad.
Carolina competes in a doubleheader on Friday, March 2 in Harrington, Del. The Gamecocks face Baylor and the hosts from Delaware State, with the day beginning at 10 a.m. ET.