March 31, 2011
ATHENS ---- Eight University of Georgia Equestrian riders have won a total of 10 honors in the first-ever All-America teams for the sport of Varsity Equestrian, it was announced today.
The Varsity Equestrian Selection Committee announced All-America teams in all four competitive events: Equitation over Fences, Equitation on the Flat, Horsemanship and Reining. The four highest-rated riders in each event earned All-America status and others that received votes were named Honorable Mention.
UGA sophomore Carly Anthony earned A-A honors in both Hunt Seat events and was the only Bulldog to earn such a status twice. Hunt Seat teammate Michelle Morris was tabbed an All-American in the Flat event -- for which she is defending Varsity National champion -- as well as an Honorable Mention in the Fences. Freshman Abby O'Mara also earned Hunt Seat All-America honors in the Fences event.
"We are so very proud of these young ladies and proud of the tremendous representation that Georgia has on the first All-America squads," Georgia head coach Meghan Boenig said. "This is the first year we've selected All-America teams and therefore, they represent the very best in their respective events. All of them have worked extremely hard this season. They are very deserving of any honors that they earn."
Georgia, ranked third in the latest national coaches' poll, caps the 2011 season in two weeks at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships, April 14-16 in Waco, Texas. The Bulldogs are three-time defending champions of this event and five-time winners overall.
The complete list of Georgia's All-America appointees follows:
Horsemanship: Maria Salazar (HM)