March 6, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.- The No. 2 Georgia equestrian team closes out its regular season schedule Friday, March 7, when it hosts No. 5 New Mexico State University at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga. The meet is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
Georgia enters the meet with an 8-3 overall record, while the Aggies own a 7-3 record. During the meet, the Bulldogs will honor 23 seniors in their final competition at home.
“I’m very excited to close out our season against New Mexico State,” said head coach Megan Boenig. “They are a strong team and I believe it will be a good challenge for us. This weekend is a time for us to solidify solid performances and peak our confidence as we head into postseason. I am also looking forward to celebrating with our seniors in their last home meet. We would love to see all of our fans in Bishop to help us honor this special group of riders.”
“This week the team has been working incredibly hard to win each and every day,” said associate head coach Mary Meneely, “We are well aware that NMSU is a very solid team that has seen much success this season and we are not taking this weekend lightly. Friday also culminates the final home meet for our senior class. They have been instrumental in setting the bar for this team and have made this year very special. It will be very challenging yet rewarding to see them step into the arena for the last time.”
Georgia is coming off a bye week, but defeated then third-ranked Auburn 11-8 in its last competition two weekends ago. The Bulldogs got strong performances by their Western squad, as the Horsemanship team won 4-1, allowing Georgia to take the lead before the Reining squad sealed the upset with a 3-1 win over the Tigers. Georgia picked up three MOPs on the day by Liza Finsness (Equitation on the Flat), Rachel Kolb (Horsemanship) and McKenzie Lantz (Reining).
The Bulldogs and the Aggies have not met since the 2012-2013 season, when Georgia handed NMSU a 12-4 loss. The Aggies are coming off of an 11-7 victory over Southern Methodist University last weekend. This season, the Aggies have been ranked as high as fourth, but are currently ranked fifth according to the latest NCEA poll.
Live scoring will be available online at www.georgiadogs.com as well as updates on Twitter by following @UGAEquestrian.