Oct. 28, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia had a strong showing at the 44th All American Quarter Horse Congress this month, taking home three championships, one reserve championship and several top-10 finishes. Maria Salazar took home two titles, including the novice amateur horsemanship championship, her specialty at UGA. Salazar earned the hunter under saddle championship earlier this week and the reserve championship in showmanship.
Joining Salazar in the horsemanship winner’s circle was former Bulldog standout Lauren Love, giving Georgia two top honors in horsemanship.
“I couldn’t be happier for these ladies,” assistant coach Mary Meneely said. “Placing at The Congress is an tremendous honor, yet to have three champions, a reserve champion and multiple top-ten finishes speaks highly of the wealth of talent that makes up the University of Georgia's equestrian team.”
Morgan Justiss took home the title in novice showmanship over the weekend, outscoring 146 competitors in her elite class. Justiss also finished sixth in both 16-18 showmanship and NYATT showmanship.
Gillian Chant, a two-time AQHYA world champion, took home three top-10 finishes at the All American Quarter Horse Congress this year. Chant finished third in trail and sixth in both horsemanship and equitation.
Salazar, Justiss and Chant and the rest of the Georgia equestrian team will return to action November 4 when it travels to Blythewood, S.C. to take on No. 4 South Carolina. The competition will be the fourth-straight contest against a ranked opponent.