Oct. 4, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Fans who came out to the UGA Equestrian Complex for Georgia’s season opener against Fresno State last week noticed several additions to the facility.
“We have done some outstanding upgrades to our facility,” Head Coach Meghan Boenig said. “We are so excited and thankful for the support of the Athletics Director Greg McGarity and the UGA Athletic Association. We have one of the best collegiate equestrian facilities in the nation and the improvements that have been made is an example of the support that we have here at Georgia.”
Highlighting the changes is a fan plaza that allows fans to enjoy the competition from benches that are shaded by trees along the fences. Centered in the plaza is a Bulldog, which was painted by former UGA equestrian Daisy Whelan.
A scoreboard has been placed near the Western ring along with a score sheet that is located near the scoring tent. Both are updated throughout the competition, keeping fans informed of how the Bulldogs are faring. New custom-designed jumps were installed inside the Hunt Seat ring that feature iconic Georgia images such as the Arch and Uga IX’s doghouse.
Additional facility upgrades include a new office building for the coaching staff, a new video review room, a locker room for the riders and a athletic training and sports medicine suite.
The barn also saw some improvements, including a new floor, skylights and a new circulation system throughout the facility.
Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the parking expansion and see the renovations for themselves when the Bulldogs host their next competition on Nov. 8 against Texas A&M.