April 12, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Carly Anthony and McKenzie Lantz earned Southeastern Conference Rider of the Year honors, it was announced today by the league office. Anthony earned to honor in Equitation on the Flat, while Lantz picked up the distinction in Reining. In addition, nine other Georgia equestrian earned All-SEC nods. The 11 selections were the most from any team in the SEC, as South Carolina and Auburn finished with 10 honorees and Texas A&M had six student-athletes named to an All-SEC team. This season marks the first year that there has been an All-SEC Equestrian Team and it was voted on by the league's four coaches.
Also earning SEC accolades were Kylee Arbuckle (Equitation on the Flat), Olivia Dorey (Equitation Over Fences), Megan Hawkins (Horsemanship), Abby O'Mara (Equitation Over Fences), Grace Rogers (Equitation Over Fences) and Maria Salazar (Horsemanship). Anthony also earned All-SEC honors in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences, while Lantz did so in Reining. Leylan Gleeson (Equitation Over Fences), Rachel Kolb (Horsemanship) and Sarah Milliren (Equitation Over Fences) each earned SEC All-Freshman nods.
Anthony, who was recently named a First Team NCEA All-American in Equitation on the Flat, is a three-time SEC Flat Rider of the Month and competed in 14 meets for the Bulldogs. The Redmond, Wash., native finished the season 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. Anthony also competed in 13 meets for Georgia in Equitation Over Fences 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.
Lantz also picked up First Team NCEA All-American honors this season after finishing the season 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.
Arbuckle won six of the 11 meets she competed in for the Bulldogs this season, with three of her wins coming on the road. She averaged a score of 76 and defeated her opponents by an average of 1.4 and picked up two MOP honors, the second most of any Georgia Flat rider. She scored a season-best 91 against her opponent from Auburn. The score of 91 was one of two scores in the 90s that came against SEC competition. Arbuckle also posted a 1-1 record at the SEC Championship.
Dorey, who was an NCEA All-American, 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.
Hawkins won nearly 67 percent of her competitions with an 8-4 record with six wins coming on the road. She averaged a score of 72.8 over 12 meets this season and has earned three MOP honors. She posted a season-best score of 77.5 in the final home meet of the season against UT-Martin. She closed out the regular-season with a score of 77 at Texas A&M before going 1-1 at the SEC Championship, where she won her first MOP honor of the season against Texas A&M.
O'Mara competed in 13 meets for the Bulldogs, finishing with a record of 9-4 with two MOP honors. She averaged a score of 77.8 and defeated her opponents by an average of 2.5 points. She posted a season-best score of 86 twice this season, once against New Mexico State and once at Texas A&M. She also scored in the 80s six times, including three times against SEC competition. She finished with a 1-1 record at the SEC Championship.
Rogers went 7-6 for the Bulldogs in her senior season, winning two MOP honors along the way. She averaged a score of 76.4 and defeated her opponents by an average of 3.7 points. She opened the season with a season-best score of 92 against Texas A&M and scored an 84 against Auburn and at South Carolina. Her MOP ride came with her score of 84 at South Carolina.
NCEA All-American 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 went 1-0-1 with a winning ride against Texas A&M.
Gleeson owns a 3-1 record in her freshman campaign, earning one MOP honor and averaging a score of 78 over four meets. Two of her three wins came against SEC competitions, including an MOP-winning 78-72 win over her opponent from South Carolina. Her season-best score of 82 came against New Mexico State.
Kolb is 2-2 this season for Georgia, averaging a score of 73.8 over four meets. She defeated her opponents by an average of 0.9 points, with each ride scoring in the 70s. She posted a season-best score of 75 at Baylor and again at Texas A&M in the regular-season finale.
Milliren is 5-1 in her first season in the Red and Black, earning MOP honors in two of her five wins. She averaged a score of 82.8 and defeated her opponents by an average of 2.8 points. Her season-best score of 87 came in the final regular-season meet at Texas A&M. She also went undefeated at the SEC Championship, scoring in the 80s in both competitions.