ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 1 University of Georgia equestrian team improved to 6-4 on the season with its 17-3 win over the Delaware State Hornets on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga. Georgia riders swept MOP honors, with Carly Anthony (Equitation on the Flat), Sarah Milliren (Equitation Over Fences), Maria Salazar (Horsemanship) and Michelina Carbone (Reining) each picking up the honor.
"Today was really important because we got to apply some of the things we learned yesterday," head coach Meghan Boenig said. "This was another opportunity to go out and be aggressive and push ourselves, which is what we have to do if we want to win a championship. I am really proud of this team for what they did this weekend. We were able to tighten up in a few areas and be aggressive when we needed to be."
Georgia started off strong, sweeping Equitation Over Fences 5-0. Anthony secured Georgia's first point of the day, riding to an 84-67 win over Heather Hotz. Abby O'Mara followed with an 80-55 win over Jordan Odle, putting the Bulldogs up 2-0. Olivia Dorey then grabbed an 81-76 win over Alyssa Berfield. The Bulldogs went up 4-0 after Megan Southam posted an 82-40 win over Taylor Duke. Milliren wrapped up competition in Equitation Over Fences with her 84-78 defeat of Tiffany Lee, picking up MOP honors for the ride.
Holding a 5-0 lead in the competition, the Bulldogs earned a 3-2 win over the Hornets in Horsemanship. Salazar led off the event with her MOP-earning, 73.5-72 win over Alexis Gratkowski. Rachel Kolb followed with a high score of 74.5 in her win over Mackenzie Trueba. Anna Sasser earned Georgia's third Horsemanship point after defeating BreAnn Huyett 72-69. Delaware State won the final two points, but Georgia extended its overall lead to 8-2.
Georgia continued its dominating performance in Equitation on the Flat, winning the event 4-1. Caitlyn Francis started things off with a78-76 over Duke. Anthony followed with an 88-75, MOP-winning victory over Shelby Bonneville. Kylee Arbuckle gave Georgia a 3-0 lead with her 85-76 win over Lee. Delaware State got a point back to make it a 3-1 competition when Hotz earned an 80-77 win. Leylan Gleeson wrapped up competition in Equitation on the Flat, scoring a 72-68 win over Berfield, sealing the 4-1 win in the event and bring the overall score to 12-3.
The Reining squad swept Delaware State 5-0, sealing Georgia's 17-3 win. Samantha Belcher scored the first Reining point for Georgia with her 70-67.5 win over Lindsay Blum. Carbone followed with a MOP performance with her 73-63.5 win over Trueba that brought the score to 2-0. Georgia extended its lead to 3-0 with Jackie Hoyt's 71.5-66 win over Huyett. Lauren Tieche gave Georgia 4-0 advantage after defeating Kali Voshell 69-64.5. McKenzie Lantz sealed the sweep in Reining with her 73-0 win over Bonneville.
Georgia is back in action next weekend when it hosts its final home meet of the season on Saturday, March 2 against UT-Martin. The meet is also Senior Day for the Bulldogs, with competition set to begin at 10 a.m.