EQUESTRIAN: Bulldogs Earn Seven All-America Honors

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EQUESTRIAN: Bulldogs Earn Seven All-America Honors

Kylee Arbuckle on Zipp Zoo
[su_spacer size=”20″] The National Collegiate Equestrian Association on Wednesday announced its 2015 All-America Teams, as determined by the NCEA Selection Committee. The Georgia equestrian team put seven riders on NCEA All-America teams for the 2014-15 season. The Bulldogs earned four spots on the NCEA First Team, one Second Team spot and two riders were named as Honorable Mentions.


Senior Kylee Arbuckle was named to First Team All-America in Equitation on the Flat. The Torrance, Calif. native compiled an impressive 12-3 record this season with two MOP awards. Arbuckle earned her second MOP of the season against TCU with a score of 95, which was good enough to hold as the highest score in the Southeastern Conference of all competitions during regular season. Arbuckle also has the most individual victories of any SEC rider of all regular season competitions with eleven.


Paige Stawicki earned NCEA First Team All-America honors in Horsemanship. Stawicki owns an 11-3-1 record on the season with six MOP performances. She was named as the SEC and NCEA Rider of the Month in October after posting a 3-0 record with MOPs on two occasions. Stawicki picked up the SEC Rider of the Month in November with another perfect record of 2-0. Her season-high score of 80.5 came against SEC opponent Texas A&M and is the second-highest score in the SEC of all regular season competitions. She is tied for the most MOP honors of any SEC rider with five, which excludes her MOP-earning performance in the SEC Championship against Auburn.


Sara Parr also was named as a  First Team All-American in Horsemanship. The Social Circle, Ga. native rode to a 9-3-1 record, earning MOP five times. Parr earned the SEC Rider of the Month award for February and March and the NCEA Rider of the Month in April. She was also named to the SEC All-Championship Team after going 2-0 with one MOP in the SEC Championship. She owns the highest score in SEC competitions only with an 82.5 and the highest score in the SEC including all competitions with a 79.5.


Junior Lauren Garmon rounds out the Georgia NCEA First Team All-Americans, earning the spot in Reining. Garmon posted an 11-2-1 record this season with two MOP performances. She put up ten individual victories during the regular season, which ties for the most in the SEC of all competitions. Garmon posted a 72 on the road against Baylor and an MOP-earning 70.5 against Kansas State. She earned her second MOP of the season with a score of 69 against SEC opponent Texas A&M.


Georgia’s NCEA Second Team member is junior Leylan Gleeson. Gleeson rode to a 10-2 record with one MOP during the 2014-15 season. She earned her season-high score of 88 against South Carolina. Gleeson went 2-0 at the SEC Championship to help the Georgia Bulldogs to the SEC title.


Rounding out the All-America list for the Bulldogs were Meg O’Mara and Liza Finsness as Honorable Mentions. O’Mara earned the honors for her 10-4 performance in Equitation Over Fences. O’Mara picked up two MOPs with a season-best score of 90 against South Carolina. Finsness made the list in Equitation on the Flat after riding to a 10-3-2 record including three MOPs. Finsness was also named to the SEC All-Championship Team in Flat.


The Georgia NCEA All-Americans and the rest of the equestrian team look to defend its NCEA National Championship April 14-16 in Waco, Texas.​

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