Jan. 25, 2014
MARTIN, Tenn.- The No. 6 Georgia equestrian team used strong performances by the Horsemanship and Reining squads to defeat the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 9-9 (1,525.5-1,502) at the Ned Wherter Agricultural Complex in Martin, Tenn., on Saturday Jan. 25. Georgia improves to 6-2 on the season after going undefeated this weekend against Delaware State and UT-Martin.
"I'm very proud of this team," said Head Coach Meghan Boenig. "In particular, I was very impressed with our Western team and specifically the Reiners. They remained extremely focused and determined under great pressure. There are still some small things we need to continue to work on but overall we learned a lot from today and it will help us in preparation for Texas A&M."
UTM took an early lead in Equitation Over Fences as Caitlyn Epperson took the first point. O'Mara responded with her MOP-winning 85-79 victory that tied the score at 1-1. The Skyhawks took the next two points but Georgia's Kylee Arbuckle picked up the final point with an 82-81 win, leaving the Skyhawks with a 3-2 advantage over the Bulldogs
The Bulldogs bounced back in Horsemanship with a 3-1 win. After dropping the first point to UTM, Rachel Kolb rode to a 70.5-point tie against her opponent. Sasser then ignited a spark with 73.5-66 decision, securing MOP honors. Sara Parr and Paige Stawicki each put up winning rides, bringing the score of the event to 3-1. Georgia trailed the Skyhawks 5-4 heading into Equitation on the Flat.
In Flat, Georgia fell to the Skyhawks 3-1. Megan Southam rode to a draw with UTM's Caitlyn Hunter Ralston, each scoring a 78. UT-Martin grabbed the next two points before Arbuckle earned the first and only point for Georgia after outscoring her opponent 78-77. UTM took the final point of the event, defeating Georgia 3-1. After three events, UT-Martin led Georgia 7-6 going into the final event of the day.
UTM's Megan Foley picked up the first point in Reining, but McKenzie Lantz quickly answered with 70-69.5 win that tied the event at 1-1. Caroline Blackshear put up a 71-68 victory that tied up the overall score 8-8 and gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage in Reining. UTM picked up the next point, but a strong performance by Lauren Garmon sealed the 3-2 victory for the Bulldogs. With the overall score knotted at 9-9, Georgia defeated the Skyhawks in raw score, winning 1,525.5-1,502.
The Georgia equestrian team will be back in action Feb. 1 when it travels to College Station, Texas to take on Southeastern Conference opponent and ninth-ranked Texas A&M. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET.