April 8, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Georgia equestrian team had four riders earn five NCEA First Team All-American honors, it was announced today. The five first team selections were the most of any school competing in the NCEA. Carly Anthony and Olivia Dorey All-American honors in Equitation Over Fences, while Anthony also took home the award in Equitation on the Flat. Maria Salazar represented the Bulldogs on the Horsemanship All-America Team, while McKenzie Lantz was named a First Team All-American in Reining.
Equitation Over Fences
This season marks the second time in her career that she has earned the honors in Equitation Over Fences, as she was named an All-American in 2011. Anthony competed in 13 meets for Georgia this season, finishing with a 9-4 record and a Fences-best three MOP honors, bringing her season total to seven MOPs. Through her 13 meets, she averaged a score of 82.8 and defeated her opponents by an average of 7.3, the largest margin of victory of any Georgia rider (Western or Hunt Seat). Anthony recorded a season-best score of 93 at Auburn, where she also won MOP honors. She scored in the 80s nine times and finished with five wins over SEC competition.
Dorey competed in 13 meets for Georgia, riding to a record of 11-2 with one MOP honor. She owned an average score of 80.8 and defeated her opponents by an average of 6.9 points, the second most of any Georgia Fences rider. Dorey finished with scores in the 80s five times against SEC foes, with her season-high score of 88 coming at Auburn. She went 1-1 at the SEC Championship, picking up MOP honors with her score of 82.5 against Texas A&M.
Equitation on the Flat
This is Anthony’s third selection to the All-American team in Equitation on the Flat, having received the honor is both 2011 and 2012. The Redmond, Wash., native is a three-time SEC Flat Rider of the Month and competed in 14 meets for the Bulldogs, finishing with a record of 11-3. She earned MOP honors four times this season, the most by any Flat Rider. The senior averaged a score of 80.6 and defeated her opponents by an average of 7.0 point. She registered a score of 92 twice this season, both of which came against SEC competition. She also finished with scores in the 80s on six occasions, including five scores over 85. Anthony went 6-1 against SEC foes, including a perfect 6-0 mark during the regular season.
This is the first time that Salazar has been named to the NCEA All-American First Team in Horsemanship, having earned an Honorable Mention selection last season. Salazar owns a 9-2-2 record and leads the Horsemanship riders with four MOP honors. The Portland, Ore., native was named the NCEA Horsemanship Rider of the Month in November and has an average score of 73.3 and an average margin of victory of 2.0. Her first MOP ride came at Auburn when she scored a 76. She also picked up MOP honors against New Mexico State and Fresno State. Her score of 77 against Fresno State was a season-best. In the SEC Championship, she wen 1-0-1 with a winning ride against Texas A&M,
Lantz won nearly 93 percent of her competitions this season, finishing with a record of 13-1. She also earned SEC Rider of the Month honors on two occasions and was also named the NCEA Rider of the Month twice. Through her 14 meets, she averaged a score of 70.9 and defeated her opponents by an average of 3.9 points. She picked up MOP honors a Reining team-best four times and has won each of her last 12 competitions. She posted a season-best score of 74 at Texas A&M to close out the regular season before posting a 2-0 mark at the SEC Championship, bring her season total to eight wins over SEC competition.
The NCEA National Championships will be held April 18-20 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. It marks the seventh consecutive year that Baylor, the City of Waco and McLennan County have hosted the national championship. Fans can follow all the action from Waco on the NCEA’s live stream, available at www.collegiateequestrian.com.