Equestrian Ropes In Third Straight Victory



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LAS CRUCES, N.M. --- Sophomore Kelly Mundrick posted the Bulldogs’ highest horsemanship score of the year, an 80, as Georgia equestrian picked up its third victory of the season to remain undefeated with a 16-11 win on Saturday at New Mexico State. The hunt seat teams slipped past the Aggies 7-6, while the western teams combined for a 9-5 overall score.

Junior Kelly Bonau defeated New Mexico State’s Krystal Mack 77-76 in equitation over fences to up her season record in the event to 3-0.

Also capturing a win for the “A” over fences team was sophomore Cordy Allsopp who posted the highest score in any event on the day with a 90.

The “B” team made up of senior Caroline Gardner (77) and juniors Jamie Barge (85) and Lauren Hemingway (75) swept the Aggies in the event. It was Barge’s first competition of the season and Hemingway’s first appearance over fences.

Junior Michelle Blair and Bonau both tallied wins for the “A” equitation on the flat team to split 2-2 with New Mexico State. Blair scored the highest of any rider on the flat with an 88, while Bonau added a score of 83.

Freshman Daisy Whelan made her second appearance on the flat as she competed on the “B” team for the Bulldogs tying her Aggie opponent.

More importantly, her score of 84 was more than 20 points higher than her last ride this season.

"On the hunt seat discipline I was very proud of all our riders both in exhibition and format competition," said head coach Meghan Boenig. "Some of the scores on the flat may have not reflected just how good of rides girls had. I'm looking forward to what these riders can be able to do."

The two horsemanship teams combined for four victories. Joining Mundrick in the winner’s circle for the “A” team were freshmen Kari Onweller (76) and Alicia Shrum (77). Shrum's 77 was 7.5 points higher than her last performance this year. In her first competition of the season, sophomore Sarah Ashcraft recorded the only win for the horsemanship “B” team with a 75.

The reining team, which has been strong for Georgia all season, took five of seven points in the event. Both senior Anna Hichborn (74.5) and freshman Sarah Locker (78.5) had victories for the “A” team with season-best performances. Season-bests continued as all three member of the “B” team posted scoring highs. In addition, the trio consisting of senior Tricia Fowler and juniors Loren Buck and Lindsey Stier swept the Aggies in the event.

"We've really been able to rely on great rides on western," said Boenig. "We ended up having to do a lot of changing of riders. Everybody really stepped up to the task."

Georgia riders claimed all four MVP awards for the second straight meet with Allsopp over fences, Blair on the flat, Mundrick in horsemanship and Locker in reining.

Next up, the Bulldogs will face the defending national champion Auburn Tigers on the road November 10.

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