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Photo by : Shanna Lockwood/AU Athletics

Photo by : Shanna Lockwood/AU Athletics

Ava Stearns named NCEA Fences Rider of the Month

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Auburn equestrian junior Ava Stearns was named the National Collegiate Equestrian Association's (NCEA) Fences Rider of the Month for October on Wednesday.

This is Stearns first honor of the season and second of her career. In October, she went 6-0-0 overall, receiving three Most Outstanding Performer awards. . She has averaged 86.3 points over six meets, including two scores in the 90s.

Stearns opened the season with a career best of 91 in her win over No. 2 Georgia on Oct. 8. The following week she earned a 90 on the road at No. 4 Oklahoma State. These two rides were awarded with back-to-back MOP honors for the Tigers. Her final MOP of the month came against her No. 9 South Carolina opponent where Stearns edged out her opponent with 85 points on Oct. 29.

The Auburn Equestrian team's next match will be on Nov. 18 against the now No. 4 Texas A&M Aggies in College Station, TX.