March 7, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 2 University of Georgia equestrian team closes out the regular season this Friday, March 8, when it travels to College Station, Texas to take on No. 6 Texas A&M. The Bulldogs enter the final meet of the season with an overall record of 7-4, including a 2-3 mark in Southeastern Conference action. Texas A&M is 5-5 overall and 1-4 in the SEC, with its first win coming over No. 2 Auburn last week.
“We are so excited to be traveling to Texas A&M,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “We want to close the regular season strong and this meet gives us that chance. We have been riding error-free these last few meets and. I think this week gives us the perfect opportunity to showcase how hard we have been working. Texas A&M will provide us with a great challenge and will help prepare us for SEC’s and Nationals.”
This is the second meeting of the year between the two teams. The Bulldogs and Aggies opened up the 2012-13 season against one another, with Georgia coming away with a 17-3 win at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga. Georgia is 1-2 all-time in dual-meet competitions in College Station, but leads the overall series 3-2.
The Bulldogs are coming off a dominating 15-3 win over UT-Martin last weekend. For the second meet in a row, the Bulldogs swept the MOP awards, with Carly Anthony (Equitation on the Flat), Sarah Milliren (Equitation Over Fences), Paige Stawicki (Horsemanship) and McKenzie Lantz (Reining), each picking up the honor.
Milliren, Abby O’Mara and Megan Southam earned points for Georgia, allowing the Bulldogs to start the competition with a 3-2 win in Equitation Over Fences. Georgia then swept UT-Martin in Horsemanship 4-0, getting winning rides by Maria Salazar, Megan Hawkins, Anna Sasser and Brittany Lynch.
Leading 12-2, Georgia sealed the 15-3 win over UT-Martin with a 3-1 win in Reining. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the event, with Lantz, Samantha Belcher and Becca Haaland each scoring a winning ride.
“We are hoping to build off of some the strong individual performances we have had this season and hoping that our riders continue to push each other to get better every day as we prepare for the postseason,” added Boenig.
The competition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Live updates can be found at www.aggieathletics.com or by following the Georgia equestrian team on Twitter @UGAequestrian.
Equitation Over Fences
Carly Anthony, Senior
Kylee Arbuckle, Sophomore
Olivia Dorey, Junior
Leylan Gleeson, Freshman
Sarah Milliren, Freshman
Megan Southam, Sophomore
Abby O'Mara, Junior
Grace Rogers, Senior
Caitlyn Francis, Junior