March 28, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. --- The No. 1 University of Georgia equestrian team traveled to Auburn, Ala., on Thursday, March 28, to continue preparations for the Southeastern Conference equestrian championship. The Bulldogs enter the SEC Championship with an 8-4 record, including a 3-3 record in SEC action, and are the No. 3 seed in the championship bracket.
"We are very excited about SEC competition," said head coach Meghan Boenig. "These riders have been working very hard throughout the season to have a outstanding body of work. They have been working hard and been consistent in everything from video reviews, to the weight room and pushing themselves on every single horse they ride. That consistency has been building every week and is culminating at the perfect time in our postseason.
"We know that the teams we compete against in the SEC are the best in the nation," continued Boenig. "This is one more chance to establish ourselves on top and to further prepare ourselves for the National Championship. The field of competition will be extraordinary, but I predict that you will nothing less than extraordinary from our riders."
The four equestrian programs of the SEC all are ranked among the nation's top eight, according to the latest coaches poll of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association. Georgia is the nation's top-ranked team, while host Auburn checks in at No. 2. South Carolina is No. 6 nationally, while Texas A&M is ranked No. 8.
Georgia will compete against second-seeded South Carolina in a semifinal round on Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. CT. Top-seeded Auburn will square off with fourth-seeded Texas A&M. The consolation round will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. CT, while the championship round will commence at 2 p.m. CT Saturday.
The Bulldogs concluded their regular season with a 16-6 win over Texas A&M on March 8. Georgia took home three MOP honors, as Kylee Arbuckle was a dual recipient of the honor, earning it in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences. Anna Sasser was named the MOP in Horsemanship.
The Bulldog Hunt Seat riders defeated the Aggies 9-2, including a 4-1 win in Equitation on the Flat and a 5-1 win in Equitation Over Fences. The Georgia Western squad earned a 7-4 win over Texas A&M with a 3-2 win in Horsemanship and a 4-2 victory in Reining.
The inaugural Southeastern Conference equestrian championship will take place Friday-Saturday, March 29-30 at the Auburn University Horse Center in Auburn, Ala. Admission to the two-day event is free.