Nov. 18, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 3 Georgia equestrian team earned a decisive 19-1 win over the Delaware State Hornets on Friday afternoon in Martin, Tenn. With the win, the team improves to 5-1 on the year, while Delaware State is now 0-7.
“The riders were very confident and rode the hoses well today,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “UT-Martin was fabulous host and we really enjoyed the competition here. It’s always nice to see the team ride at a high level, especially after a long bus ride. This team knew what it needed to do and certainly came out and did that.”
The Bulldogs swept MVP honors, as Carly Anthony took home both awards on the hunt seat side for the second straight week with scores of 93 and 83 in equitation over fences and equitation on the flat, respectively. Anna Sasser was named the MVP in horsemanship after scoring a ride of 73.5. Kelly Truesdell rounded out the awards for the day with a score of 73.5 in reining.
Georgia got off to a hot start, sweeping equitation over fences 5-0, with Anthony’s season-best score of 93 highlighting the event. Kylee Arbuckle earned a score of 80, while Isabel Jolicoeur finished with a score of 85. Michelle Morris rode to a score of 81 and Megan Southam earned a ride of 83.
The Bulldogs carried the momentum to equitation on the flat, taking the event 5-0. Anthony once again shined, scoring an 83. Arbuckle rode to a score of 61, before Melanie Carraway and Morris posted scores of 71 and 70, respectively. Amelia Rogers wrapped up her collegiate career with a score of 76. Rogers will graduate in December and plans to attend medical school.
“The English riders rode with a lot of poise today,” Boenig continued. “Carly [Anthony] has had outstanding rides for two straight weeks, sweeping the Hunt Seat MVP awards in both meets. The team put together some extraordinary rides today.”
On the Western side, Georgia earned a 9-1 win, tallying five points in horsemanship and four in reining. In horsemanship, Megan Hawkins scored a 72, while Maria Salazar boasted a 73.5, matching the score of Sasser’s MVP ride. Paige Stawicki finished with a 71, while Katelyn Van Allen rode to a score of 72.
In reining, Truesdell led the way with her MVP ride of 73.5. Samantha Belcher earned a 72.5, followed by Becca Haaland with a score of 71.5. McKenzie Lantz was the final point scorer for the Bulldogs with her ride of 70.5
“It was wonderful to see the Western side have such a commanding performance,” assistant coach Mary Meneely said. “Each rider has stepped up to the plate week after week and have had a never-give-up attitude. It’s so exciting to see this team growing into strong competitor. Each one of them is coming through with outstanding performances week after week. We’re looking forward to continuing to press forward in tomorrow’s competition.
Georgia will take on host UT-Martin beginning at 10 a.m. A full recap of tomorrow’s meet will be available at www.georgiadogs.com.