Nov. 9, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 1 University of Georgia equestrian team dropped a 13-7 decision to the No. 3 Auburn Tigers on Friday afternoon in Auburn, Ala. The Bulldogs are now 2-2 on the year and 1-2 in the SEC, while Auburn moves to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in SEC action. The Hunt Seat team fell 7-3, while the Western squad rode to a 5-5 tie.
“It was not the way we wanted this competition to go,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “We made some mistakes that we have to rise above. Despite the outcome, we had some wonderful rides. Carly Anthony had an outstanding day with two scores in the 90s. Maria Salazar also had a fantastic day in Horsemanship. We have a very quick turnaround to get ready for South Dakota State and New Mexico State. We are going to practice in the morning to correct some of the mistakes that we made today so we can be strong for that competition. I feel bad for these ladies because there were so many things that were going right, but one little thing can set you in a tailspin and you can recover from that against an SEC competitor.”
Highlighting the meet was Carly Anthony, who scored in the 90s and earned MOP honors in both Hunt Seat events. Anthony posted a 93 in Equitation Over Fences and a 92 in Equitation on the Flat, earning MOP honors in both. Maria Salazar also earned MOP honors, finishing with a meet-best score of 76 in Horsemanship.
Anthony earned Georgia’s first point in Equitation Over Fences with a MOP-winning ride of 93 to defeat her opponent by 93-81. Auburn answered by scoring the next two points to take a 2-1 lead. Olivia Dorey posted an 88-86 win over Quincy Hayes to tie the event at two. The Tigers edged Kylee Aubuckle for the final point to seal Equitation Over Fences 3-2.
The Bulldogs used strong rides by Megan Hawkins, Salazar and Anna Sasser to win Horsemanship 3-2 and tie the competition 5-5. Hawkins got things started with a 74.5-73 win over Indy Roper. Salazar followed with her MOP-earning score of 76 that insured a win over Katsy Leeman. Stephanie Rucci scored the next point for Auburn to bring the score to 2-1. Sasser sealed the win in Horsemanship with a 71-70.5 win over Hannah Loseke.
Auburn took an early 1-0 lead in Equitation on the Flat, with Lindsay Portela getting an 84-77 win over Abby O’Mara. Anthony answered for the Bulldogs, with her MOP-winning 92-71 win over Claire Connaghan to even the score at 1-1. The Tigers retook the lead with the help of a 75-72 win by Jennifer Delman and an 88-80 win by Elizabeth Benson. Holding a 3-1 edge in Equitation on the Flat, the Tigers sealed the 4-1 win when Christina Lin rode to an 87-84 win over Grace Rogers.
The Tigers scored the opening point in Reining after Rucci narrowly edged Caroline Blackshear 69-69.5. Auburn took a 2-0 lead before a 66.5-57.5 win by McKenzie Lantz brought the Bulldogs within one at 2-1. Roper gave Auburn a 3-1 lead with her 68-65 win. Following a video review, Auburn's Hailey Munger earned a win over Lauren Tieche to seal the 4-1 win in Reining for Auburn.
Georgia returns to action next weekend when it travels to Brookings, S.D., to take on South Dakota State and New Mexico State. Georgia's Hunt Seat team will face South Dakota State on Friday, with the Western squad taking on SDSU on Saturday. Georgia will face New Mexico State on Saturday.