May 1, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. – Liza Finsness has signed a National Letter of Intent to ride for the Georgia equestrian team. Finsness is the daughter of Russell and Kay Finsness and trained under Alan Korotkin and Susan Tuccinardi. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., but currently resides in Wellington, Fla., and will ride as a member of Georgia’s Hunt Seat team.
“Liza is an incredible signee for our team,” Head Coach Meghan Boenig said. “She is equally talented as a student and an athlete as shown by her academic scholarship award and impressive competition record. To further strengthen her profile, she is a team player, hard working and dedicated. I am very excited to call her a Bulldog!”
An accomplished rider, Finsness finished ninth at the USEF Medal Finals in 2012 and earned a seventh-place finish at the USEF Talent Search Finals in 2011. Earlier this year, she was named the winner of the Southeast Medal Finals and finished second at the Maclay Regional Finals. She has also participated in the George Morris Excellence in Equitation Class, where she finished seventh in 2012 and eighth in 2011.
Finsness took home a silver medal for having over 10 wins in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search and placed fourth at Prix de States Individual Championship in 2012. This year, Finsness won the Top Ribbon in Grand Prixs in Atlanta, Michigan and Cleveland, as well as at the FEI Grand Prixs in Wellington, Fla. Finsness is also scheduled to represent the United States in the FEI Young Riders Nation Cup later this year.
In 2012, she was awarded the William C. Steinkraus Style Award, given to the Prix de States Junior Jumper Rider who best exemplifies the American style of equitation, and the respectful, dignified, courteous and workmanlike manner of a true sportsman.
Outside of the competition ring, Finsness enjoys being with friends, traveling and watching movies.
Finsness is a recipient of the UGA Classic Scholars Award and plans to major in Animal Health at Georgia.