Sept. 12, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – The five-time national champion and reigning reserve champion Georgia equestrian team kicks off the 2012-13 season on Friday, Sept. 14 with the annual Red and Black Scrimmage at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga. The scrimmage begins at 4 p.m., and admission is free.
“The Red and Black Scrimmage gives us the chance to ride in a competition-like environment for the first time this season,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “The riders are looking forward to opening the season this way and give fans a chance to see the team for the first time. There has been a lot more intensity and excitement in practice as we get closer to the Red and Black Scrimmage.”
The Red and Black Scrimmage also gives the Bulldogs an opportunity to show fans a preview of the upcoming season while teaching them more about the sport. Members of the team will talk about the scoring system and be available to answer questions from fans.
Georgia is looking to build off its successful 2011-12 campaign, that saw the Bulldogs go 11-2 in the regular season, including a 10-meet win streak, before capping it off with its third overall reserve title.
The Bulldogs return several familiar faces, including All-Americans Carly Anthony (equitation on the flat) and Megan Hawkins (horsemanship). Georgia also returns All-American Honorable Mentions Abby O’Mara (equitation over fences), Kylee Arbuckle (equitation on the flat), Maria Salazar (horsemanship), Paige Stawicki (horsemanship), Samantha Belcher (reining) and McKenzie Lantz (reining). In addition to its returners, the Bulldogs welcome 21 newcomers to the team.
Georgia kicks off its regular season September 30 at 10 a.m., when it welcomes the defending national champion and newest Southeastern Conference member Texas A&M to Bishop, Ga., for the first-even SEC equestrian meet.