No. 4 Georgia Falls to No. 7 Kansas State
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Nov. 22, 2013

MANHATTAN, Kan.- The No. 4 Georgia equestrian team dropped a 13-7 decision to the seventh-ranked Kansas State Wildcats Friday, Nov. 22 at the Timbercreek Stables Equestrian Complex in Manhattan, Kansas. Highlighting the meet was McKenzie Lantz (Reining), Kylee Arbuckle (Equitation Over Fences), and Paige Stawicki (Horsemanship) winning MOP honors. Georgia is now 3-2 on the season.

“Kansas State put on a great competition and really rode well today,” Head Coach Meghan Boenig said. “My hat goes off to our MOP winners, as each had outstanding rides. We learned some things today, which will only make us better as we progress into the rest of the season. We have to keep stepping up and realize that our competitors are going to be doing the same. I am excited that we have the opportunity to rebound tomorrow against TCU and build off of some of the things we learned today.”

The Wildcats took an early lead, defeating the Bulldogs 3-2 in Over Fences. KSU picked up the first point, which was answered by an 85-84 decision by UGA’s Liza Finsness. The Wildcats went on to take the next point, but Georgia’s Arbuckle rode to an MOP-earning 86-81 victory knotting the score at 2-2. The Wildcats sealed the 3-2 win when Madison Wayda earned an 85-83 victory over Megan Southam.

KSU grabbed a 4-1 decision in Equitation on the Flat. The lone point for Georgia came from senior Olivia Dorey, who earned an 85-80 victory over KSU’s Henley Adkins. At the half, the Bulldogs trailed the Wildcats in overall score 7-3.

Georgia used strong rides in Horsemanship to take the event 3-2. Rachel Kolb picked up the first point for the Bulldogs, defeating KSU’s Kelly Bovaird 73-72.5. The Wildcats grabbed the next point, but Georgia’s Heather Schmidt answered with a 71.5-66.5 win that gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage. KSU tied the score at 2-2 before Stawicki’s 76-74.5 MOP-earning ride sealed the event 3-2. Georgia trailed the Wildcats by three at 9-6 going into the Reining portion of the event.

In Reining, KSU picked up the first two points before Lantz defeated Bovaird 71.5-69, earning MOP honors along the way. KSU took the final two points of the meet to seal the 4-1 win in Reining and the 13-7 overall win.

The Bulldogs travel to Fort Worth, Texas tomorrow, Nov. 23 to take on the eighth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs. The meet is slated to begin at noon.

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