March 12, 2011
HUDSON OAKS, Texas ---- The second-ranked Georgia Equestrian team flexed its considerable muscle by winning all four events and rolling over No. 6 Texas Christian 17-2 at the October Hill Farm here Saturday.
The Bulldog riders closed out the regular season with a dominating performance in Hunt Seat and Western disciplines. Sophomore Carly Anthony led the way with MVP rides in both Hunt Seat events. She posted an 89 in the Fences competition, good enough for a 7-point victory margin, and later scored 83 and a 9-point win in the Flat event.
"It was a great day for Georgia," said Bulldog head coach Meghan Boenig. "I thought we performed extremely well in another competition on the road, and I think it puts us in good position for the postseason. Carly (Anthony) deserves a special recognition for earning two MVPs today. It was quite an accomplishment, something that shows what a strong rider she is. And I was really happy with Coach Meneely and the Western riders, the way they defeated a very good Western team in TCU. I look forward to see what we're capable of as we get to the postseason."
Other double winners in Hunt Seat included junior Michelle Morris and freshman Olivia Dorey. Grace Rogers also posted a winning ride in the Flat event, as did Kacy Jenkins and Abby O'Mara over Fences, making it a clean 5-0 sweep in the latter competition.
Georgia reiners also swept all five points in their Western event, though scoring margins were much closer than their Hunt Seat teammates. Seniors Diandra St. Hilaire and Hannah Dyer took 3.5- and 1.5-point wins, respectively. Other point winners in Reining included Jackie Hoyt, McKenzie Lantz and Becca Haaland.
The victory closed out Georgia's regular season and improved its dual-meet record to 10-2. The Bulldogs return to the competition ring on March 25 at the Southern Equestrian Championships in Blythewood, S.C.