June 19, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Georgia equestrian team received the Southeastern Conference Sportsmanship Award, it was announced today, June 19 by the league office. The Bulldogs are one of four honorees for this award, as the Missouri football team, the Tennessee men's basketball team and the SEC women's golf coaches also received the honor. The honor marks the third time that a team or student-athlete from Georgia has received the honor in the seven years that it has been presented.
"Showing sportsmanship is the Georgia way," Head Coach Meghan Boenig said. "It was a difficult moment for this team, but I am very proud of the way that they handled themselves and represented the University of Georgia. While it was tough to swallow, they realized and understood that another team had won and deserved the title. It is nice to be recognized by the SEC, but more than that, I am proud of the character that this team showed."
The 2014 SEC Equestrian Championship came down to the final ride between Georgia and South Carolina. Georgia was awarded the final point and began celebrating the program's first SEC title by donning the SEC championship shirts that were given to them. It was later determined that there was a scoring miscalculation due to a clerical error and South Carolina had won the SEC title. Despite being upset at the outcome, the Georgia captains presented South Carolina with its SEC championship shirts at the awards ceremony and congratulated the team on their win.
Following the meet, Boenig noticed that the South Carolina celebration was subdued, likely due to the events of the day. She then gathered both teams together, congratulated South Carolina on winning the title and told the Gamecocks that they deserved to celebrate the SEC title.
The Georgia equestrian team went on to win the 2014 NCEA National Championship, winning a tiebreaker over South Carolina.