Jayne, Love Earn EQ Team MVP Honors
ATHENS, Ga. --- Individual MVP honors to juniors Haylie Jayne in Hunt Seat and Lauren Love in Western were among several awards handed out at the Georgia Equestrian team’s post-season banquet recently at Athens Country Club.

The night, however, belonged to the entire squad, which had plenty to celebrate, including the program’s fourth national title and its fifth straight title in the Southern EQ championships.  “It was a fun evening and a great event,” said Georgia head coach Meghan Boenig, who has built the program since its beginning in 2002. “There were so many accomplishments, both for the team and for the outstanding young ladies who played a part in this great season.”

Jayne, one of three team captains in 2009, was by far Georgia's busiest rider throughout the season.  She compiled a 21-6 overall record in 27 total starts, with 14 of those coming in Fences events (12-2 record) and 13 in Flat competition (9-4 record).   The Elgin, Ill., native capped her season by winning the national individual championship in Equitation Over Fences, defeating her teammate and good friend, Kelley Cowperthwait, in the finals.

Love was named the team's top Western rider after she compiled a 10-1 record in Horsemanship during the season.  Among those 11 starts included four MVP rides, one of which came in the championship round of the Southern EQ meet against Auburn.  Overall, the College Station, Texas, native compiled a seasonal average score of 73.86.

The Coaches’ Awards go annually to the two riders who consistently rise above and beyond the call of duty for the team. In 2008-09, the Coaches’ Awards went to junior Krissan Blanchard on the Hunt Seat side and to Ashton Paisley from the Western squad.  The 2009 Sportsmanship Award, which goes to a pair of riders who display exemplary work ethic and attitude, went to Cowperthwait from the Hunt Seat side and to sophomore Marianne Grebel on the Western side.

Emma Lipman and Kelly Truesdell claimed Rookie of the Year honors in their respective disciplines.  Lipman, from Bedford, N.Y., competed 17 times in Hunt Seat events, nine in Fences and eight in Flat competitions.  She was outstanding in Georgia's post-season action, recording an MVP Flat ride in the Southern EQ finals and a flawless 3-0 record Over Fences at the Varsity EQ National championship.  She was the first alternate for the individual Flat competition at Nationals, meaning that she was the ninth-seeded rider nationally.  Truesdell, a native of Brights Grove, Ontario, was Georgia's only freshman reiner to see action multiple times in 2009.  Her high point of the season came in an 8.5-point victory against South Carolina in the Southern EQ championships first round.

The “Mane Dawg” award annually recognizes the contributions of someone who, in an unofficial capacity, displays extraordinary generosity in helping the program. In 2009, the award went to Bishop, Ga., native Lane Miller, next-door neighbor to the Bulldogs' new home facility for Equestrian.  Among many things, Miller loaned to the Bulldog riders the use of his Reining arena and, in general, was an enthusiastic and welcoming friend of his new neighbors.



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