April 17, 2013
WACO, Texas --- The No. 3 University of Georgia equestrian team traveled to Waco, Texas to continue preparations for the National Collegiate Equestrian Association national championship. The Bulldogs enter the NCEA Championship with a 9-5 record and are the No. 3 seed in both the hunt seat and western brackets.
Georgia holds five NCEA national championship titles and three NCEA reserve champion titles. The Bulldogs last won the NCEA national championship in 2010 and won the reserve championship in 2012.
"We're so excited to be here," said head coach Meghan Boenig. "This team is ready to go, from the preparation of the horses and the setup to the spirit, motivation and focus. These guys know what their job is, and we're ready to go out there, execute it and show everybody what Georgia's about."
The Bulldogs will begin competition on Friday, after a first round bye on Thursday. Georgia is the only school to have a bye in both brackets. In the Hunt Seat, Georgia will compete against the winner of Thursday's matchup between sixth-seeded Southern Methodist and 11th-seeded New Mexico State. Equitation on the Flats will begin at 11:05 a.m. on Friday and Equitation Over Fences will follow at 1:00 p.m. The Western Squad will take on the winner of Thursday's meet between sixth-seeded Texas A&M and 11th-seeded Fresno State. Reining will begin at 11:10 a.m. on Friday and Horsemanship will follow at 1:30 p.m.
Georgia enters competition with five first team NCEA All-Americans. 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.
Georgia placed third at the inaugural Southeastern Conference championship on March 30, with a 15-5 victory over Texas A&M. The Bulldogs won all four events to win the meet, including an 8-2 victory by the Hunt Seat and a 7-3 win by the Western Squad. Dorey took home Most Outstanding Player honors in Equitation Over Fences and Megan Hawkins received MOP honors for Horsemanship.
The NCEA championship will take place Thursday-Saturday, April 18-20 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. Admission to the three-day event is free.