Feb. 22, 2014
BISHOP, Ga. - The No. 7 Georgia equestrian team upset the No. 3 Auburn Tigers with a final score of 11-8 on Saturday afternoon at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga. The win marks the first time Georgia has defeated Auburn in regular season competition since the 2011-2012 season. With the victory, Georgia improves to 8-3 on the season and 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers move to 7-3 overall with a 2-2 notch in the SEC. Also with the win, Georgia can be seeded no less than a tie for first place in the SEC Championship.
"Today was a very exciting day," said head coach Meghan Boenig, "I was impressed with the level of riding we saw and our riders maintained their focus and executed great rides. This was a great competition to prepare us for the upcoming SEC and National Championships."
Auburn edged Georgia 3-2 in Equitation Over Fences. Finsess put up an MOP-earning ride over Auburn's Christina Lin with a 87-85 decision. Auburn took the next point before Meg O'Mara delivered an 85-83 performance over Jennifer Waxman. Auburn used winning rides from Demi Stiegler and Elizabeth Benson to seal the event 3-2.
In Horsemanship Georgia took a commanding lead, winning the first four points of the event. Kolb got things started by outscoring Lacy Watson 75.5-74 and was awarded MOP honors. A 75.5-74 victory by Paige Stawicki and a 74-65.5 decision from Anna Sasser gave Georgia a 3-0 lead. Sara Parr defeated Stephanie Rucci 75-70 before the Tigers earned their lone point by Lucy Igoe. After two events, Georgia took a 6-4 advantage over Auburn.
The Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 decision to the Tigers in Equitation on the Flat. Auburn grabbed the first point but Finsness answered with an 85-73 victory over Ashley Foster. Auburn's Stiegler and Benson took the next two points, before Olivia Dorey put up a winning ride over Jennifer Delman with a score of 85.
Georgia's Reining squad delivered a 3-1 victory to help seal the meet 11-8. Claudia Spreng rode to a tie with Griffin Knight with 68.5 points each. Charley Thiel grabbed her point with a 68.5-68 decision over Cheyenne Crafcraft. Lantz used a 71-70 decision and was awarded with MOP honors. Lauren Tieche took the final point of the day outscoring Hailey Munger 68.5-67.
The Bulldogs will return to action Friday, March 7 when they host New Mexico State. It will be the final home meet of the season and Georgia will honor its 23 seniors on Senior Day.