Riders Fall Just Short of Sixth National Title

Early Saturday Morning Highlights

April 16, 2011

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WACO, Texas ---- Georgia was stopped a few points shy of claiming a fourth straight title at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships.  Auburn took a decisive 6-2 victory in the Hunt Seat final and therefore, edged the Bulldogs 51-49 in the race for the overall crown.


Earlier in the day, Georgia had narrowly defeated Auburn in the duel for third place in the Western discipline.  The Bulldogs were tied 2-2 after one Western event, but they tallied two points in Horsemanship, from Maria Salazar and Katelyn Van Allen, to Auburn's one point.  Still, the match came down to the final ride, when Auburn's Bailey Dymond could only manage a tie with Georgia freshman Anna Sasser, preserving the Bulldog victory by a 4-3 count.


The VENC overall scoring system awards 36 points for a first-place finish in either discipline, 28 points for second place, 21 for third, 15 for fourth and 10 for fifth place.  As a result, Auburn parlayed its Hunt Seat title and fourth-place finish in Western to a 51-point overall total, two better than Georgia, which took second and third, respectively, in the two separate discipline standings.  Rounding out the top six overall teams were Western champion Texas A with 42 points, Kansas State with 28, Oklahoma State with 25 and host Baylor with 22.5.


"We are all very proud to be Bulldogs," Georgia coach Meghan Boenig said.  "This team has worked as one all season and today was no exception.  Everyone was a contributor all the way through.  Today we fought hard against a great rival for every point.  For our Western team, it was a great way to end our journey for the season.  In the Hunt Seat championship round, we had good, solid rides but in general were just too conservative against a team like Auburn."


Auburn left little doubt in the Hunt Seat final.  The top-seeded Tigers, who won 10 of 15 Hunt Seat points from Georgia in three previous meets this season, took the first two points in the opening event, Equitation on the Flat.  After Bulldog junior Michelle Morris took a 6-point victory in her ride, Auburn countered by winning the final ride in a narrow decision over Abby O'Mara.


The Tigers clinched the Hunt Seat and overall titles by taking the first two points in the Fences competition.  O'Mara returned to win her ride as Georgia's only Fences point of the day.



Varsity Equestrian National Championships

Final Overall Team Standings

1. Auburn 51

2. Georgia 49

3. Texas A&M 42

4. Kansas State 28

5. Oklahoma State 25

6. Baylor 22.5

7. South Carolina 16

8. TCU 3

9. UT-Martin 1.5


Final Hunt Seat Standings

1. Auburn

2. Georgia

3. Baylor

4. Oklahoma State

5. South Carolina

6. Texas A&M

7. UT-Martin

8. TCU


Final Western Standings

1. Texas A&M

2. Kansas State

3. Georgia

4. Auburn

5. Oklahoma State

6. South Carolina

7. TCU

8. Baylor



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