Oct. 31, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – The top-ranked University of Georgia equestrian team is set to take on the No. 2 South Carolina Gamecocks on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga. This is the third-straight competition in which the Bulldogs have a taken on a team ranked in the top five. Georgia enters the weekend with a 2-0 record, including a 1-0 mark in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina, the defending Southern Equestrian Championship winner, is also 2-0 overall and 1-0 in league action.
“We are very excited for the competition this weekend,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “We have really focused on our preparation for each opponent and have been getting better each day, and hopefully that will result in us having our best performance of the season this weekend against a really strong South Carolina team. I know that we will have to compete at a really high level.”
Georgia is coming off a 14-10 win over then-No. 5 Baylor. Georgia’s Horsemanship team propelled the Bulldogs past the Bears with a dominating 5-1 win. The Bulldogs and Bears tied in each of the other three disciplines. The Gamecocks enter the weekend having edged Auburn 10-9 in their last competition.
“I am looking forward to a terrific weekend against a very talented South Carolina team,” assistant coach Mary Meneely added. “We are looking forward to accomplishing more goals and improving each day. I am thrilled with how the riders have come together as a team and think that we can accomplish each of the goals that we have set for ourselves.”
Georgia leads the all-time, regular-season series 14-4 and has never been beaten by South Carolina at home. The Bulldogs swept the Gamecocks during the regular season, winning 11-9 in Blythewood, S.C., and 11-8 in Bishop, Ga. South Carolina got the better off Georgia in the Southern Equestrian Championships, edging Georgia 4201-3083 in the raw score, as the meet was tied 10-10.
Fans are encouraged to get to the UGA Equestrian Complex Early, as the first 250 fans will receive a free UGA Equestrian Stress Horse. There will also be a trivia contest that fans can enter to win a $10 gift card. Fans will also have the opportunity to have their picture taken with a pony, build a horse, paint a pony and compete in a special halftime contest. Admission is free.