Nov. 2, 2012
BISHOP, Ga. - The No. 1 University of Georgia equestrian team fell 11-8 to the second-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks on Friday afternoon at the UGA Equestrian Complex. Carly Anthony's MOP score of 76 in Equitation on the Flat and Abby O'Mara's MOP ride of 84 in Equitation Over Fences highlighted the event.
"Today didn't go quite as we would have liked it to," head coach Meghan Boenig said. "We had a lot of re-rides and a lot of kickouts and we saw some things that we need to improve on. There were a lot of good rides as well, just not enough of them at the end of the day. We have to go through and analyze each individual ride and see what we can improve on to get better. I think there were a lot of things that we did well today, but sometimes things just didn't go our way."
South Carolina got a 4-1 win in Equitation Over Fences to take a 4-1 lead in the competition. The Gamecocks jumped out to a 4-0 lead before O'Mara defeated Sally Henry 84-72 to give Georgia its first point of the day.
After falling behind 1-0 in Reining, Caroline Blackshear tied the event at one with a 69.5-67 win over Cody McMillion. USC's Amanda Pope grabbed the next point before McKenzie Lantz outscored Melissa Mull 69.5-65. With Reining tied at 2-2, USC came away with the final point to win Reining 3-2 and take a 7-3 lead in the meet.
Georgia shined in Equitation on the Flat, defeating the Gamecocks 3-2. Anthony got things started with a 76-68, MVP-winning ride over Samantha Kraus. Grace Rogers followed with a 68-52 win over Kimberly McCormack. Caitlyn Francis then picked up a 78-70 win over Katherine Schmidt that put Georgia up 3-0. The Gamecocks scored the final two points, resulting in a 3-2 Georgia win.
Maria Salazar opened up Horsemanship with a 74.5-69.5 win over Katie Kopf. The Gamecocks took the next two points to seal the competition 11-8. Georgia did not go quietly, however, as Megan Hawkins picked up a 75-73.5 win over Samantha Chiodo. Paige Stawicki wrapped up Horsemanship with a 72.5-72.5 tie.
Georgia returns to action on Nov. 9 when it travels to Auburn, Ala., to take on No. 3 Auburn.