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    No. 6 Georgia Defeats Delaware State in Spring Opener

    MARTIN, Tenn.- The sixth-ranked Georgia equestrian team opened its spring schedule with a 17-3 win over Delaware State on Friday, Jan. 24 in Martin, Tenn. The Bulldogs took home three MOP honors on the day as Abby O’Mara (Equitation Over Fences), Liza Finsness (Equitation on the Flat) and Charley Thiel (Reining) each took home the honor. With the win, Georgia improved to 5-2 on the season.

    “I’m extremely pleased with not only the outcome, but also with our three MOPs,” said Head Coach Meghan Boenig, “There were a lot of great individual performances and we were able to maintain focus throughout the day. We want to continue having consistent rides tomorrow and translate that into another win.”

    Georgia rode to an early 3-0 lead in Equitation Over Fences as Finsness, Kylee Arbuckle and Megan Southam defeated their opponents. O’Mara earned MOP honors by outscoring DSU’s Emily Fick 85-73 to bring the score to 4-0. DSU grabbed the final point of the event, giving Georgia a 4-1 advantage going into Equitation on the Flat.

    The Bulldogs continued their momentum in Equitation on the Flat. After dropping the first point to DSU, Finsness answered with an MOP-earning 80-72 decision. Southam, Arbuckle and Audrey Gallagher took the next three points to win Flat 4-1, giving Georgia an 8-2 lead going into Reining.

    McKenzie Lantz got things started in Reining as she outscored her opponent 72-67.5. Claudia Spreng was up next, earning a 70.5-66.5 victory before Lauren Tieche followed with a 71.5-66 win. Thiel put up an MOP-earning score of 71, defeating her opponent’s score of 65.5. Caroline Blackshear closed the event winning 69-61, sealing the 5-0 sweep for Georgia. The Bulldogs led the Hornets 13-2 heading into the final event of the day.

    The Horsemanship squad took an early 2-0 lead as Sara Parr and Rachel Kolb each defeated their opponents. DSU took the next point but Georgia’s Paige Stawicki answered with a 70.5-68 decision. Heather Schmidt came away with her point to end the event 4-1, sealing the 17-3 win for the Bulldogs.

    Georgia will return to competition tomorrow, Jan. 25, as they take on Tennessee-Martin at 11 a.m. ET.