Georgia Picks Up Wins Over South Dakota State, New Mexico State
BROOKINGS, S.D. – The No. 3 University of Georgia equestrian team picked up a pair of wins over South Dakota State and No. 9 New Mexico State this weekend to improve to 4-2 on the season and close out the fall portion of its schedule. The Georgia and South Dakota State competition ended in an 8-8 tie, but the Bulldogs came away with a 1,153.5-1,149 win in the raw score. Following the SDSU competition, Georgia defeated No. 9 New Mexico State 12-4. Highlighting the two meets, was Georgia’s six MOP honors.
“First off, we are grateful for South Dakota State for hosting us and putting on a great weekend,” head coach Meghan Boening said. “I am very proud of the way this team rebounded this weekend against South Dakota State and New Mexico State. We had some very strong rides and I am extremely proud of all of our MOP winners this weekend. We made some little mistakes, but were able to focus and string together some strong rides. I’m just really proud of how this team handled the long weekend. These ladies showed what they were made of and were able to come out confidently this weekend. I’m looking forward to the break and being able to work on getting better.”
Georgia 8 (1,153.5), South Dakota State (1,149) Carly Anthony, Sara Parr and McKenzie Lantz each earned MOP honors in Georgia’s win over South Dakota State. Anthony’s MOP ride came in a 78-74 win over her opponent. Parr earned the highest score in Horsemanship, with her 74.5-71.5 win over Kelsey Champagne. Lantz rounded out the MOP honors with her score of 72.5 in Reining.
The competition started yesterday, with the Bulldogs and Jackrabbits ending in a 4-4 tie on the Hunt Seat side. Anthony got things started with a 78-74 win over Lauren Kerr that put Georgia up 1-0 in Equitation over Fences. Santana Wright picked up an 80-77 win for South Dakota State that tied the event at one. Kylee Arbuckle’s 74.5-70 win over Jordan Goodall put Georgia on top 2-1. Olivia Dorey sealed the 3-1 win in Equitation over Fences with a 75-65 win over Marielle Golden.
SDSU finished with a 3-1 win in Equitation on the Flat, with Caitlyn Francis scoring the lone Georgia point. Megan Schiffman and Kerr earned the first two points for the Jackrabbits, before Francis outscored Megan Violand 74-73 to bring the score to 2-1. Wright scored the final point of the day with an 80-78 win that sealed the 3-1 victory.
The teams waited until Saturday to compete in the Western ring, with the teams tying in both Reining and Horsemanship. SDSU took a 1-0 lead after Shelby Webb outscored Rachel Kolb 71.5-70.5. Parr rode to MOP honors with her 74.5-71.5 win over Champagne to tie the score at one. Paige Stawicki’s 73-72.5 win over Lexus Hoffman allowed the Bulldogs to take a 2-1 lead, before Danielle Baker won the final ride that resulted in a 2-2 tie.
In Reining, Lauren Tieche got things started with a 72.71.5 win over Jessie Miller. South Dakota State’s Jana Basler answered with a 71-69 win that tied Reining at one, before Laura Dunlavy rode to a 71-70.5 win that put the Jackrabbits up 2-1. Lantz closed the competition out with her MOP-winning 72.5-72 win over Raivenne Scott.
Georgia 12, New Mexico State 4
Abby O’Mara, Maria Salazar and Tieche each earned MOP honors in Georgia’s dominating 12-4 win over New Mexico State. O’Mara picked up the honor after scoring an 86 in Equitation over Fences. Salazar earned a score of 74 in Horsemanship, the highest score of any competitor on the Western side, for her MOP honor. Tieche rounded out the MOP awards for Georgia with her score of 73.5 in Reining.
Georgia opened up with a 4-0 win in Equitation over Fences. Olivia Dorey earned the first point with her 78-67 win over Shannon Dooley. Anthony followed with an 80-75 victory over Laura Bostwick. In her first competition of the season, Leylan Gleeson earned an 82-79 win over Amber Tassel to put Georgia up 4-0. O’Mara’s MOP-winning 86-77 defeat of Emily McConnel sealed the 4-0 sweep of the Aggies in Equitation over Fences.
New Mexico State took Equitation on the Flat 3-1. Hannah Swarthout earned the first point before Anthony ride to a 78-67 win over Dooley to even the score at 1-1. Ruby Jenkins and Bostwick earned the final two points of the event to bring the overall score to 5-3 heading in to the Western competition.
Anna Sasser grabbed the first point in Horsemanship, edging Megan Gould 71.5-70 to put Georgia up 1-0. Salazar followed with her MOP-winning 74-71 win over Brynn Larson. Lauren DeVoe of NMSU answered with a win that brought the Horsemanship score to 2-1. Stawicki sealed the 3-1 win for the Bulldogs with her 73-70 win over Rianna Storey.
Georgia started strong in Reining, as Tieche posted an MOP-winning ride of 73.5 that defeated Larson. Becca Haaland followed with a 71.5-71 win over Marissa Bartman, before Lantz picked up a 73-69 win over Tara Wilson. Sami Belcher completed the 4-0 sweep of the Aggies in Reining with a 73-72.5 over Stefanie Story.
South Carolina Falls To Baylor
WACO, Texas - No. 1 South Carolina suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, as the Gamecocks fell, 9-8, at No. 8 Baylor at the Willis Family Equestrian Center. The Gamecocks are now 4-1 overall and 3-0 in SEC play.
Saturday's loss snaps the Gamecocks' ten-meet winning streak that dated back to last season.
"First off, we have to congratulate Baylor on the win today, they had some strong rides and they were a good team just like we'd knew they would be," South Carolina head coach Boo Major said. "I thought we had some really strong rides too, but in the end, we had a few mistakes that cost us some points, and that proved to be the difference."
South Carolina started strong on Saturday, jumping out to a 3-1 lead after Equitation Over Fences. Hunt Seat captain Amber Henter improved to 5-0 this season as she cruised to an 84-78 win over Paige Parker. Following a tie between freshman Sally Henry and Baylor's Taylor Brown, the Gamecocks won two of the next three points to close out the event.
Redshirt freshman Samantha Smith picked up a 12-point victory over Baylor's AshleyAnn McGehee, as Smith won, 83-71. Senior Kimberly McCormack dropped the Bears' Sue Carol Thompson, 83-76.
Baylor made a comeback in Reining, winning the event, 3-1, and tying up the meet at 4-4 overall. South Carolina's only Reining point came from senior Amanda Pope, who defeated the Bears' Shelbey Jackson. Sophomore Layla Choate and Baylor's Parris Rice each scored an 80 in their head-to-head, resulting in a tie.
The meet was briefly delayed when senior Audrey Jewell was injured during her ride in Reining. The horse she was riding, Polly, fell, causing Jewell to fall with it. Jewell was taken to the hospital and released a few hours later. She returned to Baylor's equestrian facility at the end of the meet with athletic trainer Ashley Claprood and will travel with the team to Dallas on Sunday.
"Anytime that happens, it's obviously scary in the moment, but Audrey is fine now and she will be okay," Major said. "We're glad she was about to rejoin us after the show and I know she'll be in the stands leading the cheers for our Hunt Seat girls tomorrow against SMU."
Tied 4-4 at the halfway point, Baylor took control of Saturday's meet with a 4-1 victory in Equitation on the Flat. The Bears won four of five points, but South Carolina's Katherine Schmidt prevented the shutout as she picked up a 72-63 win over Taylor Brown.
Trailing 8-5, South Carolina still had a chance to win the meet, but needed to hold the Bears to only one point in Horsemanship. Baylor had a rider score a zero earlier in the day, so the Gamecocks held the tiebreaker if the meet ended in a 9-9 tie.
The Gamecocks cut Baylor's lead to two points as sophomore Sam Chiodo beat the Bears' Ashley Garza, 75-74.5. Freshman Kelsey Urban extended her three-meet winning streak on Saturday as she defeated Mary Brown, 75.5-73. All three of Urban's victories this season have come on the road (at Georgia, at Texas A&M, at Baylor).
Baylor made it a 9-7 meet a few minutes later when the Bears' Bryn Lyndley won her point, meaning the Gamecocks would need to win the final two points outright in order to force a tiebreaker. South Carolina redshirt junior Johnna Letchworth had a strong ride in the first group, as she scored a 77.5, but Baylor's Parris Rice scored a 77.5 in the second group, securing upset victory.
Junior Allison Ceresani closed out the meet with the best Horsemanship ride of the day, as she scored an event-high 78 to defeat Baylor's Gillian Chant, who scored a 77. Ceresani was named Most Outstanding Player of the event, South Carolina's only M.O.P. of the day, and the second of her career.
"I thought our Horsemanship girls were fantastic today, and they shouldn't hang their heads at all," Major said. "If you look at our scores, all five of our riders were terrific today. Unfortunately, our mistakes earlier in the day caught up with us, and that put the Horsemanship team in a tough position. Under that much pressure against a tough Baylor team, they really rode well and helped us get a Western win, so that's a positive we can definitely take away from today."