No. 6 Georgia Travels to No. 9 Texas A&M
Lauren Tieche

Lauren Tieche
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Jan. 31, 2014

ATHENS, Ga.- The No. 6 Georgia equestrian team will travel to College Station, Texas on Saturday, Feb. 1 to take on the ninth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies. The meet is slated to begin at 11 a.m. ET. The Bulldogs enter the meet with a 6-2 record that includes a 2-1 mark in Southeastern Conference action. The Aggies enter Saturday's competition with a 2-4 overall record and are 1-2 in the SEC. 

"We are very excited to travel to Texas A&M," Head Coach Meghan Boenig said. "We are getting in that gear of, not only SEC competition, but also postseason competition. We have a great and challenging schedule these next couple of weeks and I expect this weekend to be a great test to see where we stand. I am excited for the opportunity." 

"As we head to Texas A&M, the team is focused on our goals and executing strong rides. This group of athletes does not take their positions and assignments lightly, they are doing whatever it takes to excel in and out of the arena," said Associate Head Coach Mary Meneely. "Despite our preparation being interrupted by a very unusual snowstorm, I feel that the team is ready to get to College Station and compete against a great team."  

Georgia is coming off of a pair of wins, as it defeated both Delaware State and UT-Martin last weekend in Martin, Tenn. The Bulldogs picked up five MOPs over the course of the weekend, with senior Abby O'Mara taking home the honors both days in Equitation Over Fences. Charley Thiel (Reining), Liza Finsness (Equitation on the Flat) and Anna Sasser (Horsemanship) also recorded MOP-earning performances. 

The Bulldog's handed Delaware State a 17-3 loss on the first day of competition after taking both Fences and Flat 4-1. The Reining squad then used a perfect 5-0 sweep to bring the overall score to 13-2.  Horsemanship closed the meet defeating DSU 4-1. 

After falling to UT-Martin in Hunt Seat 6-3, Georgia's Western squad battled back to tie the overall score 9-9. The Horsemanship team registered a 3-1 victory over the Skyhawks. In Reining, Georgia fought to a 3-2 win that allowed the Bulldogs to top UT-Martin in raw score 1,525.5-1,502. Over the weekend, Georgia's Western team went 15-4 against UT-Martin and DSU combined.

Georgia hosted Texas A&M earlier this season and defeated the Aggies 10-9. The Bulldogs currently have a perfect 3-0 record against TAMU since the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012. The two teams also saw each other at the 2013 NCEA National Championships, where Georgia defeated the Aggie's defending National Champion Western team 5-2 in the semifinals. 

Fans are encouraged to follow the Georgia equestrian team on Twitter (@UGAEquestrian) for the most up-to-date live scoring during the competition. 

Lineup
Equitation on the Flat
Kylee Arbuckle, Senior
Olivia Dorey, Senior
Liza Finsness, Freshman
Caitlyn Francis, Senior
Meg O'Mara, Freshman
Madi Berger, Junior
Audrey Gallagher, Sophomore
Alyssa Thompson, Senior 

Equitation Over Fences
Kylee Abruckle, Senior
Abby O'Mara, Senior
Meg O'Mara, Freshman
Megan Southam, Junior
Emma Schauder, Freshman
Olivia Dorey, Senior 

Horsemanship
Anna Sasser, Senior
Paige Stawicki, Junior
Sara Parr, Junior
Rachel Kolb, Sophomore
Heather Schmidt, Sophomore
Madison Beasley, Freshman
Jaclyn Beckley, Senior 

Reining
Lauren Garmon, Sophomore
McKenzie Lantz, Senior
Charley Thiel, Freshman
Lauren Tieche, Junior
Caroline Blackshear, Junior
Caroline Robinson, Freshman

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