The Dye-Gest: A Labor Of Love

Coach Pat Dye writes about one of Auburn's most successful intercollegiate sports in this edition of the The Dye-Gest.

It was a beautiful early spring weekend in Auburn that I really enjoyed and it was good to see the Tigers having success in a variety of sports, including one that has represented Auburn very well.

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On Saturday there was a groundbreaking for a new covered arena that will be built for the equestrian team, which is the defending national champion in that sport.

It was 20-something years ago when Coach Greg Williams was in the horse unit at the vet school and wanted to have a rodeo team. However, he found out that those rodeo guys didn't want to go to school. They were interested in riding bulls and on top of that most of them started taking money in high school so they couldn't compete in college.

He also had a group of young ladies who wanted to have an equestrian team so it was sponsored as a club sport for several years before it was brought into the athletic department as one of the university's official sports.

Coach Greg Williams

Greg has done a wonderful job of putting that team together working through all of the obstacles and hard times he had to deal with in getting the team started. It has been a labor of love for the coach and his family who have invested a huge amount of time and effort into building one of the top teams in the country.

Christina Lin competes for the Tigers during their 16-4 victory over fifth-ranked New Mexico State on Saturday.

The Tigers will have a chance to win another national championship this spring to go with the three they have already won. That is impressive under any circumstances and even more so considering that Auburn's facilities are a bit rough, to say the least. Auburn's home arena looks like a ranch in the backwoods of Wyoming.

To make it an even better day for the equestrian team they had an impressive win over New Mexico State on Saturday as part of what was a really good weekend for a lot of different Auburn teams. As a former athletic director that is the type of weekend that makes you feel good when so many of your teams are having success.

(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)

Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming.

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