Oct. 12, 2012
WACO, Texas – The top-ranked Georgia equestrian team earned a 14-10 victory over the No. 5 and defending Hunt Seat National Champion Baylor Bears on Friday afternoon in Waco, Texas. With the win, Georgia improves to 2-0 on the season.
“We had a lot of very strong rides on the road against a very talented Baylor team,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “We have a few things that we need to improve on, but we have a lot to be proud of. With competition tied at nine, the Horsemanship team rode with ice water in its veins to seal the win for us. We are looking forward to getting back to practice and working on correcting some of the minor things. Overall, I am really proud of the way this team performed today.”
Georgia’s Horsemanship team propelled the Bulldogs past the Bears with a dominating 5-1 win. The Bulldogs and Bears tied in each of the other three disciplines.
Megan Southam earned Georgia’s first point of the day with an 85-80 win over Jenny Mitchell in Equitation Over Fences. Baylor took a 2-1 lead before Kylee Arbuckle tied the event at two with an 81-78 win over Alexis Humenik. Trailing 3-2, Olivia Dorey wrapped up Equitation Over Fences with an 82-80 win over Paige Parker that tied the competition at three heading into Reining.
Baylor took the first two points in Reining before Becca Haaland and Samantha Belcher answered with a pair of wins that tied the event at two. Haaland edged Olivia Rogers 72-71.5 before Belcher rode to a 71-63.5 win over Mary Brown. Baylor took a 3-2 lead before Lauren Tieche grabbed a 73.5-72 win over Parris Rice to tie the Reining portion of the competition at three.
With the overall score tied at six, Dorey scored Georgia’a first point in Equitation on the Flat with a 66-64 win over Melanie Appel. A 69-65 win by Abby O’Mara over Mitchell gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 edge. The Bears grabbed the next two points before Arbuckle’s 75-66 win over Kim Woodsum tied Equitation on the Flat at three and the brought the overall score to 9-9.
Georgia dominated in Horsemanship, riding to a 5-1 win that sealed the 14-10 overall win for the Bulldogs. Rachel Kolb opened the competition with a 75-73 win over Gillian Chant, before Sara Parr outscored Chelsea Retmier 73-71, putting the Bulldogs up 2-0. Bryn Lindley scored Baylor’s only point in Horsemanship with her 75-74 win. Megan Hawkins edged Ashley Garza 74-73 for Georgia’s third point of the event. Anna Sasser followed with a 72.5-70 win over Mary Brown that put the Bulldogs up 4-1. Maria Salazar scored the final point of the day for the Bulldogs, earning a 74.5-73 win over Rice.
Georgia returns to action on Nov. 2 against Southeastern Conference foe South Carolina at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga.