No. 2 Georgia Grabs 17-3 Win on Senior Day

March 7, 2014

ATHENS, Ga.- The No. 2 Georgia equestrian team defeated No. 5 New Mexico State 17-3 on Friday afternoon, March 7, at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga. The Bulldogs conclude regular season competition with a 9-3 overall record, while the Aggies fall to 7-4. Georgia took home all four MOP's on the day as Meg O'Mara (Equitation Over Fences), Paige Stawicki (Horsemanship), Kylee Arbuckle (Equitation on the Flat) and Lauren Tieche (Reining) each earned the honor.

"What a spectacular day to honor our seniors," said head coach Megan Boenig. "They are a special class and it has been an honor to coach them. Taking home all four MOP's, as well as the high scores, reflected the level preparation our riders have been working toward. I saw some strong, confident rides today and I believe we are heading in the right direction for post season. It was also great to have Coach Richt share some inspirational words with the team this morning."

The Bulldogs defeated the Aggies in Equitation Over Fences with a perfect score of 5-0. Arbuckle picked up the first point for Georgia followed by senior Olivia Dorey who defeated her opponent 82-76. Meg O'Mara recorded an MOP-earing 86-70 win. Liza Finsness put up a winning ride before senior Abby O'Mara outscored her opponent 80-61.

Senior Anna Sasser rode to a 75-70 point victory, taking first point for Georgia in Horsemanship. Sara Parr then recorded a 75-72 win before NMSU earned their lone point for the event. Stawicki was awarded MOP honors after putting in a 77.5-74 victory. Rachel Kolb sealed the event 4-1 after scoring 76 points over Courtney Cruse's 67.5.

The Bulldogs completed the sweep of the Hunt Seat events, taking Equitation on the Flat 5-0. Dorey got things going with an 89-67 win over Amber Tassel. Meg O'Mara and Caitlyn Francis registered winning rides with scores of 86 and 69 respectively. Arbuckle then posted an event-high 92-75 victory and was awarded MOP honors. Finsness earned the final point after coming away with an 85-59 win.

In Reining, Caroline Blackshear and Charley Thiel grabbed the first two points for Georgia. NMSU then took the next point before Tieche answered with an event-high score of 71.5 and was awarded MOP honors. The Aggies picked up the final point giving the Bulldogs a 3-2 victory in the event that sealed the 17-3 overall win.

Also riding in exhibition competition for Georgia were seniors Lauren Shamon and Jackie Hoyt. Shamon rode to a score of 68 in Equitation Over Fences and Hoyt scored a 71 in Reining.

The Bulldogs will return to action Friday, March 21 in the Southeast Conference Championships hosted by South Carolina in Blythewood, S.C. Georgia, who finished with a 4-2 record in the SEC, will compete as the No. 2 seed in the event.

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