Georgia Riders Saddle Up for Gamecocks



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ATHENS, Ga.--- The Georgia Equestrian team is set to host South Carolina on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs are 8-2 on the year going into Saturday’s competition, having defeated Oklahoma State 10-8 and Baylor 13-7 in home meets last weekend.

“We have a lot of respect for South Carolina, but at the same time, we have to go into this competition with confidence,” said Georgia head coach Meghan Boenig. “We cannot afford to be conservative. This past weekend was the best preparation possible for South Carolina. Our focus and concentration were good, we certainly got better over the weekend, and we now know where we need to improve.”

Georgia will look to avenge its previous loss to the Gamecocks in the fall portion of the season, when it suffered an 11-7 defeat Nov. 3 in Columbia. South Carolina (5-3) won its last meet 14-5 against Auburn on Feb. 9.

With the last home meet of the season, Georgia will recognize its 15 seniors. Also, the Bulldogs will work to defend their perfect record at home this season.

On the English side, Georgia will look to Kacy Jenkins, seven-time MVP honoree Haylie Jayne, and senior tri-captain Michelle Blair for strong rides. In Western competition, Alicia Shrum, Lauren Love, and Nichole Grant will be counted on for winning performances.

Admission to the meet is free at the Animal Science Complex on South Milledge Avenue.

The competing lineup for the Bulldogs is as follows:

Equitation over Fences:
Kelly Bonau, Sr.
Haylie Jayne, So.
Kacy Jenkins, Fr.
Alex Lieppe, Fr.
Kitt Ritter, Fr.
Alt: Mary Fulp, So.
Exh: Kaitlin Johnston, Sr.

Equitation on the Flat:
Kitt Ritter, Fr.
Haylie Jayne, So.
Kelly Bonau, Sr.
Daisy Whelan, So.
Michelle Blair, Sr.
Alt: Amy Klebesadel, Fr.
Demo: Melinda Drury, Jr.
Exh: Amber Fellows, Sr.

Horsemanship:
Alicia Shrum, So.
Lauren Love, So.
Kelley Mundrick, Jr.
Laura Upton, Fr.
Katelyn VanAllen, Fr.
Alt: Catherine Pennington, Sr.

Reining:
Kate Stewart, Jr.
Sarah Locker, So.
Nichole Grant, Jr.
Chirstina Grant, Jr.
Diandra St. Hilaire, Fr.
Alt: Andrea Turnbull, So.
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