No. 1 Georgia Travels to No. 3 Auburn
Nov. 7, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 1 University of Georgia equestrian team returns to action on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., when it takes on the third-ranked Auburn Tigers in a Southeastern Conference matchup in Auburn, Ala. The Bulldogs enter the weekend with a 2-1 overall record that includes a 1-1 record in the SEC. Auburn is 2-1 overall and 1-1 in league competition.
“We have one very short week to get ready for Auburn,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “The riders are highly motivated to go out and compete hard after last week’s loss to South Carolina. They have put a lot of extra effort into practice and into the preparation for this meet to show that we can bounce back. I expect Auburn to ride extremely well this weekend. They have a lot of very talented riders on their team. We have to stay focused on the things that we do well and eliminate some of the mistakes.”
The Bulldogs suffered their first setback of the season last weekend in an 11-8 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Despite the outcome, Georgia riders scored several strong rides. Carly Anthony picked up MOP honors in Equitation on the Flat with a competition-high score of 76, while Abby O’Mara grabbed MOP honors with her score of 84 in Equitation Over Fences.
On the Western side, the Anna Sasser and Maria Salazar record impressive scores of 75.5 and 74.5, respectively, in Horsemanship. Caroline Blackshear and McKenzie Lantz each earned winning rides for Georgia, with both score a 69.5
“I am very excited about our meet against Auburn this weekend,” assistant coach Mary Meneely said. “Coming off of a loss last week adds extra motivation for this team. Our practices have gone extremely well and I am really looking forward to seeing what our riders bring to the meet this weekend. We are focusing on the strengths of both our Reining and Horsemanship teams and are expecting positive results this weekend.”
The Bulldogs own a 14-3 all-time record against the Tigers during the regular season. Georgia swept Auburn last season, earning a 10-8 win in Bishop, Ga. The meet at Auburn was close, with the teams tied at eight at the end of competition. The Bulldogs grabbed the win by edging the Tigers 1564.25-1562.75 in the raw score.