COLLEGE STATION, Texas— No. 1 Georgia equestrian topped No. 3 Texas A&M, 13-7, on Saturday, concluding regular season competition with a 9-1 record and 5-1 mark in Southeastern Conference action.
Highlighting the meet was Grace Bridges (Equitation on Flat) and Bailey Anderson (Horsemanship) who took home Most Outstanding Performance honors for their rides.
“Today was a great day, what a strong SEC competitor,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “To come out and have dominance in three events and a very close one in Fences as well was great. What a great pressure situation setting us up for SEC’s. They have been working really hard these past couple weeks. I’m really proud, additionally, of our MOPS. We just have to keep this roll going. We know we don’t have the post-season done, this is just getting us there and securing, hopefully, that SEC number one seed. We just have to keep earning it.”
Competition started in Equitation Over Fences, with the Aggies establishing a slight advantage after earning three points. Sophomore Maddy Darst led off, claiming the first point of the meet with an 86-85 win over Texas A&M’s Alex Desiderio. Senior Addy Cord earned the next point for the Bulldogs, 82.5-81, before Texas A&M won three-straight points.
The Bulldogs gave up one point to the Aggies in Reining before senior Kyndall Harper, freshman Jordan Carpenter, sophomore Annabeth Payne, and junior Graysen Stroud each secured points for Georgia.
The Bulldogs held a 6-4 advantage over the Aggies after two events.
Georgia extended its lead in Equitation on the Flat with four more points. Sophomore Grace Bridges rode to a 77-67 victory over the Aggies’ Brianna Peddicord. The Bulldogs dropped the next point before Cord, Madison Newman and Darst picked up points with scores of 74, 73, and 72, respectively.
Georgia sealed the victory with its first point in Horsemanship from Stroud, edgin Texas A&M’s Alex Albright, 75-74.5. Riding to an event-high score of 76, Anderson earned MOP honors for her ride, topping Ashley Davidson’s 71.5. Sammie Johnson ended the day with another point for the Bulldogs, 73.5-71.
The SEC Championship will be hosted by South Carolina on March 30-31. The NCEA National Championships will take place April 18-21 in Waco, Texas.