Nov. 14, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 1 Georgia equestrian team travels to Auburn, Ala., Friday Nov. 15 to take on the second-ranked Auburn Tigers at 4 p.m., in Auburn, Ala. The Bulldogs enter the competition with an undefeated 3-0 record that includes a 2-0 mark in Southeastern Conference action. Auburn is currently 2-1 overall and 0-1 in SEC play.
"We had a great reminder that we need to focus on every single detail last week," Head Coach Meghan Boenig said. "Auburn had the same type of reminder in its competition with South Carolina. I think you are going to see two highly motivated and extremely determined teams that are going to be duking it out this Friday. Our riders don't need any more motivation, but the challenge is to channel that passion in the right direction. I expect a great competition with tough rides that will be a preview of what the SEC Championships and NCEA National Championships will be like."
Georgia hosted No. 9 Texas A&M last week and came away with a 9-8 win. The Bulldog's victory was highlighted by a pair of MOP rides from freshman Liza Finsness, who earned the honors in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences, scoring an 84 and meet-high 90 respectively. Junior Lauren Tieche was named MOP in Reining after scoring a 72. Georgia opened the meet defeating the Aggies 3-2 in Equitation Over Fences before taking a 3-1 win in Horsemanship. The Aggies battled back, topping the Bulldogs 3-2 in both in Equitation on the Flat and Reining, but Tieche's winning ride sealed Georgia's 9-8 win.
Georgia and Auburn last saw each other at the NCEA National Championships when the Tigers won the Hunt Seat National Championship over the Bulldogs in the finals. The victory forced the two teams into a ride-off to determine the overall champion. Auburn rode to a 3-1 decision and was crowned National Champion, while Georgia was named the Reserve National Champion.
Fans are encouraged to follow the Georgia equestrian team on Twitter (@UGAEquestrian) for the most up-to-date live scoring during the competition.