Equestrian Summer Update
Megan Southam

Aug 14, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. – Several members of the Georgia equestrian team spent their summers competing both nationally and internationally. Here is a look at some of their accomplishments.

Louise Ashley
Ashley, riding on Georgia’s own Chantal, has been competing all summer in 4-Feet Jumper shows across the country. 

Madison Beasley
Beasley finished 10th out of 98 exhibitors in Western Pleasure at AQHYA World Show. Beasley also won the AQHA Region 10 title. 

Michelina Carbone
Carbone finished 11th out of 98 exhibitors in Western Pleasure at the AQHYA World Show.

Jessica Dencker
Riding Georgia’s own Titletown, Dencker ended her summer on a high note, winning the Hunter Prix at HITS on the Hudson in Saugerties, N.Y., three weeks ago, before finishing second two weekends ago. 

Olivia Dorey
Dorey was also competing at HITS on the Hudson in Saugerties, N.Y., winning the A/O Jumper Classic. 

Emily DuPont
DuPont was named the Low A/O Hunter Grand Champion at the Brandywine Valley Horse Show. DuPont also competed at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, winning the Adult Amateur Hunters championship. 

Kendall Fately
Fately took home the Ariat Adult Medal at the Brandywine Valley Horse Show. 

Liza Finsness
Finsness took home the Adequan Grand Prix title at the Atlanta Summer Classic for the second year in a row. 



Audrey Gallagher
Gallagher has continued her successful summer, taking home several blue ribbons. The Richmond, Va., native won the Ariat National Adult Medal with a score of 87 at HITS on the Hudson IV in Saugerties, N.Y. Gallagher was also a two-time champion in Adult Equitation 18-35 at HITS on the Hudson IV and V. Additionally, Gallagher finished with two USEF Adult Medals at HITS on the Hudson. Gallagher was also named the winner of the Ariat Adult Medal at both the Atlanta Summer Classic II and the Brownland Farm Summers, scoring an 85 on both rides. 

Rachel Kolb
Kolb had an outstanding showing at the AQHYA World Show, taking home three Reserve Championships. Kolb won her titles in Showmanship, Horsemanship and Hunt Seat Equitation.  Earlier in the summer, Kolb was named the Overall High-Point Youth at the Georgia Big A, taking home titles in Youth Horsemanship, Youth Equitation and Youth Halter, which resulted in the Youth All-Around title. She was also named the Reserve Circuit Champion at the event. 

McKenzie Lantz
Lantz took home the NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship title, beating out 11 of the top collegiate Reiners in the nation. Lantz scored a 148, edging out 11 of the top collegiate Reiners in the nation. Lantz was one of four riders selected to represent the NCEA in the collegiate challenge. 

Alyssa Mansfield
Alyssa Mansfield was named the champion at the Wills Park Horse Show. 

Savannah Scott
Scott took home two World Championships at the Appaloosa Youth World Show earlier this summer, winning titles in both Bareback Horsemanship and Youth Trail.  Scott defeated 41 competitors in Bareback Horsemanship and 34 qualifiers in Youth Trail.

Megan Southam
Southam spend her summer in Elmpt, Germany working and riding with Desiree Johnson of Johnson Horses. During her time in Germany, Southam was involved in all aspects of the European equestrian industry. She competed in small shows in Holland and Germany, allowing her to gain a new perspective on international competition. 

Jane Sutcliff
Sutcliff finished eighth Trail at the AQHYA World Show. 

Kelsey Thatcher
Thatcher claimed the championship in the A/O Hunters at Lamplight. She also won the A/O Hunter Classic and the High A/O Jumper Classic. Thatcher also placed second at the Weathertech Grand Prix and won a Grand Prix title at the Ledges Horse Show. In addition, Thatcher won three out of five Amateur Owner classes and landed a score of 87 in the first round of the 3’6” Amateur Owner Division at Showplace Productions’ Spring Spectacular II. Completing the second round over Skip Bailey’s derby type jumps, Thatcher scored a 79 for a total of 166 to clinch the win.

Charley Thiel
Thiel placed fifth in Hunter Under Saddle at the AQHYA World Show.


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