Georgia Tops NCEA Pre-Season Rankings
RELEASE: September 16, 2013
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Cory Burkarth for NCEA
– Georgia is the nation’s No. 1 team according to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Preseason Rankings, as determined by the NCEA selection committee and announced Monday.
The Bulldogs were the runners-up a year ago for both the NCEA Overall National Championship and the NCEA Hunter Seat National Championship. Auburn, which won the 2013 NCEA Overall National Championship and the NCEA Hunter Seat National Championship, is ranked No. 2 in the preseason, while 2013 Southeastern Conference Champion South Carolina checks in at No. 3.
Oklahoma State, the 2013 NCEA Western Champion and the 2013 Big 12 Conference Champion, is ranked No. 4, while Big-12 runner-up Kansas State is No. 5.
Texas A&M, the 2012 NCEA Overall National Champion, is ranked at No. 6 to begin the season, while Baylor checks in at No. 7.
South Dakota State (No. 8), TCU (No. 9) and UT-Martin (No. 10) round out the national preseason top-10.
NCEA rankings will be released twice per month with the next announcement coming Monday, Sept. 30.
The 2013-14 collegiate equestrian season officially begins Friday, Sept. 20 when South Carolina plays host to Kansas State.
The 2014 NCEA Championships take place April 17-19 in Waco, Texas, marking the first year one championship will be contested, rather than separate championships by disciplines.
2013-14 NCEA Preseason Rankings
3. South Carolina
4. Oklahoma State
5. Kansas State
6. Texas A&M
8. South Dakota State