Georgia Riders Rally Late To Stay Undefeated At Home



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ATHENS, Ga. --- Sweeping the last event, the Georgia Equestrian team posted a 12-8 come back win over Fresno State at the Animal Science Complex on Sunday afternoon.

Opening with a 4-1 lead after Equitation over Fences, the Bulldogs watched Fresno State win the next two events and take an 8-7 lead. The Georgia riders who turned in the sweep in Reining were Nichole Grant, Kate Stewart, who also garnered MVP honors, Hannah Dyer, Kelly Truesdell, and Diandra St. Hilaire.

In Equitation over Fences, Haylie Jayne turned in yet another MVP performance posting an 81. Also winning points for Georgia were Katie Hagerty, Kelley Cowperthwait, and Kacy Jenkins.

“We need to learn to be a come back team we just didn’t know it would happen this early in the season,” said Georgia coach Meghan Boenig. “This was a great test. Our special teams of Fences and Reining deserve great kudos today. Our other two teams still have some work to do, but we’ll learn from today and get better and better.”

With this win, the Bulldogs remain undefeated at home since the dual meet format was introduced in the 2003-04 season.

“We take pride in our undefeated record at home, and today was probably the closest we’ve ever come to losing that record,” said Georgia assistant coach Carly Veldman. “Our riders knew what we had to do going into Reining, and they didn’t even let it come close.”

The Bulldogs resume competition on Oct. 3 when they travel to Dover, Delaware to take on Delaware State at 3:00 p.m. Georgia returns to Athens on Friday, Nov. 7 with a meet against Southern Methodist at 2:00 p.m.
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