Nov. 15, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 1 Georgia equestrian team dropped a 12-8 decision to the No. 2 Auburn Tigers on Nov. 15 in Auburn, Ala. Despite the loss, Georgia’s first of the season, the Bulldogs picked up all four MOP honors as Liza Finsness took home the honor in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences, Heather Schmidt was the MOP in Horsemanship and Lauren Garmon won MOP honors in Reining. Georgia moves to 3-1 on the season, 2-1 in Southeastern Conference action.
“Of course we’re disappointed that we were not able to pull out the win today,” said Head Coach Meghan Boenig. “However, it was a great competition against a great team. Sweeping all four MOP honors is a tremendous accomplishment, but we’ve got to get refocused and prepare for next weekend. We also have to realize that we have a lot of season left."
Auburn took an early lead in Equitation Over Fences grabbing the first point. Georgia’s Finsness responded with her MOP-winning 88-77 victory that tied the score at 1-1. Auburn took the next two points but Georgia’s Megan Southam picked up the final point with an 81-73 win, leaving the Tigers with a 3-2 advantage over the Bulldogs.
Auburn continued its momentum, grabbing a 3-2 win in Horsemanship. Auburn picked up the first point, before Sara Parr answered with a 74-66.5 win. The Tigers responded with back-to-back winning rides before Schmidt rode to MOP honors with her 78.5-76 win that brought the score to 3-2 and gave the Tigers a 6-4 lead in the competition.
In Equitation on the Flat, Georgia battled to a 3-2 decision. Finsness took the first point, securing MOP honors with an 88-77 decision. Leylan Gleeson followed with a 72-68 win before Auburn grabbed the next point. Southam secured the Bulldog win in the event with an 81-64 win. Auburn earned the final point in Equitation on the Flat, bringing the overall score to 8-7.
In Reining, Georgia fell to the Tigers 4-1, sealing the meet 12-8. The lone point for the Bulldogs came from Garmon ‘s MOP-earning 72.5-70.5 win over Julianna Cook.
Georgia will conclude their fall schedule next week when they travel to No. 4 Kansas State on Nov. 22 before taking on No. 6 TCU on Nov. 23.