The Auburn University Tigers claimed their second USEA Intercollegiate Championship title this weekend at Chattahoochee Hills with an impressive display of horsemanship. Schools can submit sub-teams made of three or four members, and Auburn brought six total teams forward.
In addition to competitive victory, Auburn also claimed the highly contested Spirit Award for their display of school pride and camaraderie. In doing so, I have to assume the bought out every Party City from Auburn to Atlanta to support their equine artistic displays — I mean just look at that paint job on FGF Bob’n for Silver.
The University of Georgia, who named their top team in honor of famed running back Todd Gurley, cleaned up in second. As each UGA rider completed their cross country round, the team met them at the finish as they were donned with Spike Squad shoulder pads, worn by Georgia’s fiercest fan section at every home football game.
Third place was earned by the University of Kentucky. EN would like to unofficially give an honorable mention to the Wildcats in their efforts toward the spirit award. These cool kittens where whoopin’ and hollerin’ and “Cats by 90-ing” so loud on the cross country they drowned out Hugh Lochore’s announcing. Notably, this wasn’t just for their team, but any collegiate rider. Well done, y’all.
To find complete team scores, click here.
Many thanks to the USEA, Intercollegiate chair Leslie Threlkeld and Chattahoochee Hills for presenting such a spirited event. Go eventing.