Georgia Opens Home Schedule With 13-7 Win
Becca Haaland

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Oct. 22, 2011

BISHOP, Ga. - The No. 4 Georgia equestrian team opened its home schedule with a 13-7 win over the seventh-ranked Kansas State Wildcats under blue skies on Saturday afternoon in Bishop, Ga.  With the win, Georgia improved to 1-1 on the season and 45-1 all-time at home, while K-State falls to 1-3 on the year.

"This was a wonderful way to open up out home season," head coach Meghan Boenig said. "We received every MVP ride. I saw a lot of confidence in our riders and that carried over to our rides. After the Texas A&M meet, we needed to come out and show what we are about and I think we did that today."

Senior Michelle Morris swept the MVP awards on the English side, scoring a 91 in equitation over fences and an 82 in equitation on the flat. Georgia took home both MVP rides on the Western side as well. Katelyn Van Allen rode to a score of 77.5 for MVP honors in horsemanship, while Becca Haaland was named the reining MVP with a score of 76.

Georgia won the Hunter Seat portion of the meet in dominating fashion, outscoring Kansas State 8-2. The Bulldogs started by winning equitation over fences 4-1, with Morris, Carly Anthony, Kylee Arbuckle and Abby O'Mara each scoring winning rides.  Morris opened up the competition with a 91-76 win over Catherine Avolese. Anthony followed with an 80-71 win over Rachel Webster, while Arbuckle outscored Sarah Mershon 86-75. O'Mara rounded out the event with a score of 85.

In equitation on the flat, Georgia took home the first three points, with Caitlyn Francis, Olivia Dorey and Megan Southam scoring winning rides. Francis handed Larissa Laffey a 73-56 defeat, before Dorey outscored Rachel Webster 78-64. Southam then defeated Meredith Finch 75-59. Morris scored the final point of the event with an 82-65 win over Jacquelyn Bogstad.

The Bulldogs and Wildcats rode to a 5-5 draw on the Western side, but Georgia outscored K-State 737.5-662.5 in the raw score to earn the win. Maria Salazar continued her strong showing this year with a 76-72 win over Chayna DeNicolo to claim the first Georgia point. Van Allen followed with a MVP ride of 77.5 to the tie the event at 2-2. KSU grabbed the final point of the event to take horsemanship 3-2.

Georgia fought back from a 0-2 deficit to take the final three rides and earn a 3-2 win in reining. Lantz got things started with a 72-0 win over Jordan Cox. Samantha Belcher tied the event after riding to a score of 74 to defeat KSU's Emily Stockford. With the score knotted at two, Haaland scored a 76 in a victory over Margaret Paine, sealing the reining event for the Bulldogs. 

Georgia will return to the ring tomorrow morning, as it takes on No. 9 TCU in the final competition of the weekend. Live scoring will be available at

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