COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The National Champion Texas A&M equestrian team tied with Southeastern Conference powerhouse Georgia for the No. 1 ranking in the preseason Equestrian Coaches Poll, released today.
"We are excited to get this season underway and honored to be ranked No. 1 in the country," head coach Tana McKay said. "The SEC has a lot of tough competition, and that shows in the rankings. Our riders have been working hard to prepare for the challenging teams we will face. This will be an exciting inaugural year for SEC equestrian."
The four SEC equestrian teams - No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 1 Georgia, No. 3 Auburn and No. 4 South Carolina - swept the top four spots in the top 10 poll. The poll will be released bi-monthly with the next release set for Oct. 3.
The Aggies are coming off of a banner year, winning the NCEA Western National Championship and the NCEA Overall National Championship. Georgia has won two consecutive NCEA Reserve Champion titles and will host the Aggies in the first-ever SEC equestrian competition on Sept. 30. The Bulldogs lead the league with five overall national championships.
The SEC added equestrian to the billet for the first time this season, as four teams were sponsored by member schools.
The Aggies kick off the 2012-13 season at South Dakota State on Saturday at 9 a.m. To learn more about Texas A&M equestrian, log on to AggieAthletics and follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.
Equestrian Coaches Poll (Preseason)
T1. Texas A&M (82)
T1. Georgia (82)
3. Auburn (63)
4. South Carolina (61)
5. Oklahoma State (57)
6. Baylor (40)
7. Kansas State (35)
8. TCU (31)
9. Fresno State (13)
10. New Mexico State (12)
Also receiving votes: SMU, Delaware State, UT-Martin, South Dakota State, West Texas A&M