UGA Riders Compete in Columbia

Sept. 23, 2002

Over 15 months after Georgia announced its intention to add Women's Equestrian as its 21st varsity sport, the first-ever UGA squad will begin its season this weekend in a show hosted by the University of South Carolina. Georgia and Carolina are two of just three schools in the Southeastern Conference (Auburn is the other.) that currently sponsor varsity equestrian.

Head coach Meghan Boenig will take a team of 36 riders selected from the Bulldogs' overall roster of 76 strong to the show in Columbia. Many have been chosen from a strong group of holdovers from the UGA Equestrian Club team, which for years was one of the region's best, most active clubs. Significant others, however, have been recruited and signed by Boenig and her assistant coaching staff of Martha McElhannon and Beth Bass.

Hernandez, Wilson Named Captains
Boenig recently named the following riders as co-captains of the first-ever Equestrian team at Georgia: Erin Hernandez, a junior from Marietta who can ride in either the Huntseat or Western discipline, and senior Sherry Wilson. The native of Newnan is one of the Bulldogs' top riders in the Western discipline. She'll start the season in the Open class of Western riding, the most difficult class in that category. Both Hernandez and Wilson were veteran members of UGA's Equestrian Club team before making the varsity roster.



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