3 Tigers named SEC Riders of the Month
AUBURN, Ala. (auburntigers.com) – Freshman Caitlin Boyle and seniors Elizabeth Benson and Griffin Knight of the No. 1 Auburn equestrian team were recognized by the Southeastern Conference Wednesday for their performances in the month of March and were awarded Rider of the Month honors in their respective disciplines.
Boyle, of Hampshire, Ill., was recognized for her efforts in Equitation over Fences as she finished a perfect 3-0 for Auburn, averaging an 81 over the three meets. Against then-No. 3 Texas A&M (March 5), she helped the Tigers finish 4-1 in the event after posting an 82-81 victory. Boyle picked up a pair of wins on the road at Oklahoma State (March 11) and Kansas State (March 12), contributing to Auburn’s sweep of OSU in Fences and the team’s 4-1 win over the Wildcats.
Benson went 2-1 in March for Auburn in Equitation on the Flat, including a team-high for the month of 95 against the Aggies. The Whitehouse Station, N.J., product’s 11 point win over Kansas State (88-77) was the largest margin of victory in the event for the Tigers. She finished the regular season with a team-best 12-1-0 record in the event.
Knight, of Madisonville, Texas, went undefeated in the March regular season, going 3-0 vs. the Aggies, Cowgirls, and Wildcats. The senior was named MOP for her 74.5-73 victory over Texas A&M and again in the 77.5-74 win at Kansas State. She had an average score of 75.83 throughout the month and in the process, broke the Auburn single season win record in Horsemanship with her 11th of the season at KSU.
The student-athletes were awarded based on their performances in the regular season and the SEC Championships were not included in the voting.
Auburn heads to the NCEA National Championship as the top seed and will begin competition April 15 in Waco, Texas.