Feb. 18, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - The third-ranked University of Georgia equestrian team defeated top-ranked Auburn for the second time this season on Saturday afternoon in Auburn, Ala. The teams rode to an 8-8 tie, but the Bulldogs edged Auburn 1564.25-1562.75 in the raw score to take the win. Georgia extended its eight-meet win streak to move to 8-1 on the season, while Auburn drops to 7-2. The Bulldogs also completed a sweep of its Southeastern Conference opponents.
Carly Anthony continued her winning ways with her ninth MVP of the season. The Redmond, Wash., native took home MVP honors in equitation on the flat, outscoring Auburn's Anna Becker 91-72. Megan Hawkins joined Anthony with a MVP honor, defeating her opponent 73-61.5 in horsemanship. The MVP was her third of the season.
"I am so proud of the team today," head coach Meghan Boenig said. "We are so appreciative of the support that we had today, from our team, family and fans. The riders were very focused and put in a lot of hard work to get ready for today. I think the hard work really showed today."
Georgia rode to a 2-2 draw in both equitation over fences and equitation on the flat. Abby O'Mara and Olivia Dorey scored winning rides for the Bulldogs over fences, while Anthony and Grace Rogers picked up wins on the flat.
Michelle Morris got things started in equitation over fences with a 78-78 tie that was followed by O'Mara's 82-66 win over Jennifer Waxman. Dorey picked up an 83-76 win over Christina Lin that allowed Georgia to go ahead 2-0. Auburn won the final two points, allowing the teams to end equitation over fences tied 2-2.
Kylee Arbuckle and Lindsay Portella kicked off equitation on the flat with an 80-80 draw. Auburn grabbed the first point of the event, but Georgia quickly answered with Rogers' 78-75 win over Lin and Anthony's 91-72 win over Becker. Auburn won the final point in equitation on the flat, but Georgia edged the Tigers 798-774 in the raw score.
Using winning rides by Lauren Tieche, Kelly Truesdell and McKenzie Lantz, the Bulldogs earned a 3-2 win over Auburn in reining. The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead before Tieche edged Cheyenne Cracraft 71.5-70 to tie the event up. Auburn pulled ahead with the next ride, but Truesdell and Lantz grabbed back-to-back points to seal the 3-2 win. Truesdell defeated Kristin Hansen 74.5-72.5, before Lantz earned a 72-69.5 win over Stephanie Waxman.
Hawkins' MVP ride and a pair of ties by Maria Salazar and Sara Parr helped propel the Bulldogs to a tie in horsemanship. Auburn won the event 355.5-346.5, but Georgia's strong hunt seat performance sealed the overall win.
Georgia returns home next weekend when it hosts Baylor and Fresno State at the Georgia Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga.