March 27, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.- The No. 2 Georgia equestrian team is set to travel to OneWood Farm in Blythewood, S.C., for the Southeastern Conference Championship that begins Friday, March 28 at 10 a.m. The Bulldogs enter the meet with a 9-3 overall record, a 4-2 mark in the SEC and are the No. 2 seed in the SEC Championship.
“We are extremely exited to head to SECs this weekend,” said head coach Meghan Boenig. “Our team is confident and prepared, and has been practicing very well leading up to this. Now is the time for us to bring quality, championship-level rides to the table and focus on executing the strategies we have talked about. We are set on accomplishing the goals we have set for this season, which include an SEC title. We know that we have to bring our A-game this weekend, but ultimately we are excited for the championship round on Saturday.”
Three of the four SEC teams are ranked within the top four nationally and account for the top three seeds of this weekend’s championship. The No. 1 seed South Carolina is also ranked first nationally, followed by the No. 2 seed and second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The Auburn Tigers received the No. 3 seed for the championship and are ranked fourth nationally. Texas A&M will be the No. 4 seed for the weekend.
Georgia will face No. 4 Auburn in the semifinal round of competition on Friday beginning at 10 a.m. The Tigers enter Friday’s competition with a 9-4 overall record and a 3-3 notch in conference play. Georgia and Auburn have split a pair of meetings this season, with the Tigers taking the fall meeting 12-8, and the Bulldogs winning in the spring 11-8.
The Bulldogs concluded their regular season schedule with a 17-3 victory over New Mexico State on March 7. Georgia swept MOP honors as Meg O’Mara (Equitation Over Fences), Paige Stawicki (Horsemanship), Kylee Arbuckle (Equitation on the Flat) and Lauren Tieche (Reining) each took home the honors.
The Georgia Hunt Seat squad defeated the Aggies 10-0, sweeping both Equitation Over Fences and Equitation on the Flat. The Western squad earned a 7-3 victory with a 4-1 win in Horsemanship and a 3-2 decision in Reining.
The SEC Championship begins with the semifinal rounds on Friday, March 28 at 10 a.m. The consolation round will be held Saturday, March 29 at 9 a.m., followed by the championship round at approximately 1:40 p.m. Admission and parking is free all weekend.
For more information, please visit the SEC Championship Central at www.gamecocksonline.com. Live scoring will be provided through the SEC championship website as well as updates on twitter by following @UGAEquestrian.