Nov. 3, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - The third-ranked Georgia equestrian team will resume action on Friday afternoon when it travels to Blythewood, S.C., to take on No. 4 South Carolina. The competition is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., and will be the fourth straight competition against a ranked opponent.
"USC is always a great competition," head coach Meghan Boenig said. "This is a great SEC rivalry and we expect the bar to set high and we will have to rise to that standard. We are excited to be on the road and show the improvement from week to week. We will be ready to compete against a great team."
Georgia is coming off a pair of wins against then-top 10 Kansas State and Texas Christian and enters the meet with a 2-1 record. South Carolina is 3-2 on the season, with tiebreaker losses to Auburn and New Mexico State.
Last season, Georgia finished with a 2-1 record against USC, taking the last meeting 11-8 at the Southern Equestrian Championship in Auburn, Ala. The teams split during the regular season, which each winning at their home facility. Georgia's western team also faced USC at the Varsity Equestrian National Championship, defeating the Gamecocks 5-3.
Leading the way for Georgia are Becca Haaland, Michelle Morris, Abby O'Mara and Carly Anthony who each have recorded two MVP rides this season. Morris swept MVP honors on the hunt seat side against Kansas State.
Though the Bulldogs had a week off from competition, several member of the team had strong showings at the 44th All American Quarter Horse Congress. Maria Salazar took home two titles, including the novice amateur horsemanship championship, her specialty at UGA. Freshman Morgan Justiss was the other current Bulldog that won a title. Justiss was the first member of the team to win at AAQHC this year, winning the novice showmanship. Gillian Chant finished third in trail and sixth in both horsemanship and equitation
Live scoring will be available for the meet at www.georgiadogs.com.