Jan. 27, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.- Junior Lauren Tieche has seen much success in her three years as a member of the Reining squad on the Georgia equestrian team. In the 2012-13 season she was named to both the NCEA Academic Team and SEC Honor Roll after finishing with an 8-7-1 record. In her first year with the Bulldogs, she put together an impressive 6-3 record and was named to the SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll. She has also been selected for the National Reining Horse Association Collegiate Derby for two consecutive years, finishing second and sixth respectively.
Why did you decide to come to Georgia?
When I was looking into being on an intercollegiate team I really took into these considerations: campus, school difficulty, equestrian facility, teammates, coaches and the atmosphere of the town. I had visited other SEC schools, which were very nice before my visit to Georgia, so I had a high standard to meet. After my visit to Georgia, it was clear that that standard was surpassed. The college town atmosphere is so different and interesting, the girls on the team all were very welcoming and I really liked that all the coaches were very passionate and driven about their job.
What is your favorite thing about UGA?
The team. I am making so many memories and friendships here that will last forever. The girls are so amazing; we all are really like a family.
What is the biggest difference between your previous showing experience and the NCEA format?
Competing on a college team is very different from showing on your own. The format is the biggest difference; only having four minutes to warm-up on a horse you don't know can be very intimidating. After getting used to this format, I really view each competition as a challenge. I enjoy trying to figure the horse out and use all the knowledge that I brought with me to college, as well as that knowledge I am gaining here from my teammates. It’s exciting to say the least. I have high expectation for the rest of this season.
What are you looking forward to most about the spring portion of this season?
I’m really looking forward to the second half of our season. We are all very driven to achieve our goals. We are working hard to become a cohesive unit and I can’t wait to put our hard work to use!
Tieche and the rest of the Georgia equestrian team will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m., when it travels to College Station, Texas to take on Southeastern Conference foe and ninth-ranked Texas A&M.