March 8, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The second-ranked University of Georgia equestrian team ended its regular-season with a convincing 16-6 win over the Texas A&M Aggies on Friday, March 8 in College Station, Texas. Georgia finishes the regular-season with an 8-4 record and a 3-3 mark in Southeastern Conference action, while Texas A&M falls to 5-6 on the year and 1-5 in the SEC. The win allowed the Bulldogs to get the season sweep of the Aggies, as Georgia won 17-5 earlier this season.
“What a wonderful day,” head coach Meghan Boenig said following the meet. “I am so proud of our riders. They stepped up in every way that we asked them to and made some great progress as we prepare for the SEC Championships. We had some fantastic rides, especially by our MOPs, and showed our strengths in every single event. I don’t think that I could be prouder or happier for this team. We are grateful for this win and are excited about where we are heading!”
Georgia riders took home three MOP honors, as Kylee Arbuckle was a dual recipient of the honor, earning it in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences. Anna Sasser was named the MOP in Horsemanship.
The Bulldog Hunt Seat riders dominated the Aggies, winning 9-2, including a 4-1 win in Equitation on the Flat and a 5-1 win in Equitation Over Fences. Carly Anthony won Georgia’s first point in Equitation on the Flat, riding to an 87-84 win over Paige Russell. Caitlyn Francis then rode to a 78-78 draw against Hannah Williams, before the Aggies won its only point in the event. Arbuckle scored an impressive 91 in her defeat of Haley Buchmiller, securing her MOP honors in the event. Grace Rogers brought the score to 3-1 with an 84-72 win over Marlena Parker. Megan Southam sealed the 4-1 Bulldog win with her 86-74 win over Emily Williams.
Georgia earned the first five points in Equitation Over Fences on its way to a 5-1 win in the event. Sarah Milliren got things started with her 87-82 win over Shelby Lawson. Abby O’Mara then rode to an 86-83 victory over Kori Pickett. Olivia Dorey secured a Georgia point with her 84-79 win over Buchmiller, before Anthony grabbed an 88-77 win over Hannah Williams. Arbuckle capped off the run with her MOP-winning 89-85 win over Emily Williams. Texas A&M avoided the sweep as Parker won the Aggies only point of the event.
The Georgia Western squad had an impressive showing as well, earning a 7-4 win over the Aggies. In Horsemanship, the Bulldogs earned a 3-2 win. Paige Stawicki opened the event with her 77-74 win over Amanda Brightwell, giving Georgia an early 1-0 lead. The Aggies tied the event at 1-1 with Molli Jacobs’ 76.5-75 win. Maria Salazar and Cassie Mantor rode to a 74.5-74.5 tie before Laura Brainard of Texas A&M gave the Aggies a 2-1 lead. Sasser’s MOP-winning ride of 79.5 tied Horsemanship at 2-2, before Megan Hawkins secured the 3-2 win for the Bulldogs with her 77-67 win over Caroline Ammons.
In Reining, Georgia came away with a 4-2 win, with Michelina Carbone, Lauren Tieche, McKenzie Lantz and Becca Haaland each recording winning rides for the Bulldogs. Carbone led off with a 74-72.5 win over Hannah Jechow. Tieche followed with her 75-73 win over Laura Sumrall. Lantz gave Georgia a 3-0 lead by edging Ashley Skold 74-73.5. Shelby St. Hilaire and Becca Murray of Texas A&M brought the score to within one at 3-2, but Haaland’s 74.5-74 win over Lindsey Bernbaum sealed the 4-2 win Horsemanship and the 16-6 overall win.
Georgia returns to action March 28-30, when it travels to Auburn, Ala., for the first-ever Southeastern Conference Championship. Georgia will ride as the No. 3 seed in the event.