Feb. 23, 2013
BISHOP, Ga. - The No. 1 University of Georgia equestrian team dropped a 12-8 decision to the second-ranked Auburn Tigers Saturday, Feb. 23 at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga. Highlighting the meet was Kylee Arbuckle (Equitation on the Flat) and McKenzie Lantz(Reining) winning MOP honors. Georgia is now 5-4 on the year and 2-3 in Southeastern Conference action.
"There were so many outstanding things that happened today," head coach Meghan Boenig said. "Not only with our rides, but also with the preparation for this meet and the focus that we had going into this weekend. There are so many things that are going right for this team and I am proud of how they put it all together. We are disappointed that it was not reflected in the scores, however I really beleive that this is just another great step in things that we can learn from and prepare us for Nationals. I think a meet like this one only makes us more determined and makes us want to put that much more into the effort. There were a lot of fantastic rides, and I want to congratulate our MOPs Kylee (Arbuckle) and McKenzie (Lantz). I am really looking forward to showing our consistency, not only in tomorrow's meet against Delaware State, but also in our other competitions this season. This team is not going to back down and we are only going to get stronger."
Olivia Dorey earned Georgia's first point of the day, grabbing an 86-79 win over Quincy Hayes that tied Equitation Over Fences 1-1. Leylan Gleesonthen rode to an 80-78 win over Hasbrouk Donovan that gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage. Auburn went on to win the final two points of Equitation Over Fences to take the event 3-2.
Auburn grabbed a 4-1 win in Horsemanship, winning the first four points of the event. Indy Roper, Katsy Leeman, Stephanie Rucci and Griffin Knight each secured a point for the Tigers before Sara Parrgrabbed a 73.5-72 win over Katie Buff.
Grace Rogers earned a 75-59 win over Lindsay Portella to give the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead in Equitation on the Flat. Christina Lin tied the event at 1-1 with her 77-66 win. Carly Anthony's84-70 win over Donovan allowed Georgia to retake the lead at 2-1. Arbuckle sealed the 3-2 win in Equitation on the Flat with her MOP-winning 90-82 win over Elizabeth Benson.
Trailing 1-0 in Reining, Sami Belchertied the event for Georgia with her 67.5-66.5 win over Julianna Cook. Lantz then secured MOP honors for her 73-70 win over Leeman that gave Georgia a 2-1 lead. Auburn went on to win the final two points to take Reining 3-2 and seal the meet 12-8.
Georgia will be back in action tomorrow morning, Feb. 24, when it hosts Delaware State at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga.