Feb. 13, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. – Olivia Dorey competed against riders from 16 NCEA schools last weekend at the WEF Collegiate Challenge in Wellington, Fla. Dorey made it to the semi-final round of the event before falling to Baylor’s Sam Schaefer, who went on to compete in the final round of the event.
“We were very proud of Olivia’s performance at WEF,” assistant coach Lisa Anderson said. “She won her first two matchups easily and did an impressive job of riding the third horse. There was an excellent turn out of top riders from the 16 schools this year and we were delighted to be a part of it!”
Dorey outlasted New Mexico State’s Emily McConnell 84-74 in the first round of competition, moving her into the quarterfinals of the event. The Sudbury, Mass., native then handed South Carolina’s Amber Henter an 87-84 loss for her second win of the weekend. Paired against Schaefer, Dorey was narrowly edged out in the semifinal round.
Dorey entered the WEF Challenge with a 6-1 record in Equitation Over Fences, with her latest win coming against her opponent from South Carolina. She posted season-best score of 88 in a win at Auburn. In her first meet of the season, Dorey, posted an 86, earning a point over then-No. 1 Texas A&M. She also has wins over Baylor, South Dakota State and New Mexico State. Dorey also owns a 2-1 record in Equitation on the Flat, with wins over riders from Texas A&M and Baylor.
The tournament was run in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association head to head, bracketed format with sixteen top collegiate riders from all over the country. Riders competed over an equitation course with heights up to 3'6".