March 7, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – University of Georgia equestrian Megan Hawkins was named the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Western Rider of the Month for February, as voted on by the coaches. This marks the second time this season that a Georgia rider has received the award. Carly Anthony was named Hunt Seat Rider of the Month in November.
"I am so proud of Megan," head coach Meghan Boenig said. "She works incredibly hard and is very deserving of this honor. Megan goes out every week and competes at a high level and that shows in her scores each week. She is a great representative of this program and this university and I could not be more proud of her."
Hawkins rode to a perfect 4-0 record in horsemanship during February. The Reddick, Fla., native kicked off the month with a 75.5-70.5 win over her opponent from South Carolina. Hawkins then played a pivotal role in Georgia's upset of then-No. 1 Auburn, scoring Georgia's only point for the horsemanship team and picking up MVP honors for her ride. The point proved to be the difference maker, as the teams tied in the overall score before the Bulldogs defeated Auburn by 1.5 in the raw score.
Against Baylor, Hawkins earned her second MVP ride of the month, defeating her opponent 74.5-73. With her help, Georgia was perfect against ranked teams in February. In the final competition of the month, Hawkins scored an meet-high 78 on her way to a win over her opponent. For the season, Hawkins owns a 10-1 record and four MVPs.
Hawkins and the rest of the Bulldogs will return to action this weekend when they travel out West to take on SMU, TCU and Oklahoma State. Georgia then returns home March 30-31 when it hosts the Southern Equestrian Championships as the No. 1 seed.