Equestrian: Georgia Tramples Delaware State

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Equestrian: Georgia Tramples Delaware State

UGA Equestrian members applaud their teammate
[break] The No. 5 Georgia equestrian team defeated Delaware State 16-3 Sunday afternoon at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga. With the win, Georgia improves to 5-4 on the season.


“I was impressed with our team today,” said head coach Meghan Boenig. “There was a lot to be proud of, including adjustments that were made from yesterday to today. As we gear up for post-season, we need to see every chance to get in the arena as an opportunity to get better. Now we’ll focus our attention on next weekend in preparation for Auburn.”


Georgia picked up all four MOP awards as Liza Finsness (Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences), Sara Parr (Horsemanship) and Charley Thiel (Reining) earned the honors.


The Bulldogs jumped to an early lead in Equitation Over Fences, defeating the Hornets 4-1. Kylee Arbuckle used an 87, outscoring Calin Savage’s score of 79. Delaware State earned their lone point of the event before Georgia put three unanswered points on the board. Liza Finsness took a 92-83 victory and was awarded MOP honors. Leylan Gleeson and Meg-O’Mara followed suit, defeating their opponents 82-72 and 90-80 respectively.


The Georgia Horsemanship squad completed a 4-0 sweep. Sammie Johnson and Abigail rode to a 78.5-point tie for the fist point. Bailey Anderson and Rachel Kolb continued the streak for the Bulldogs, earning their points with scores of 77.5 each. Sara Parr used a weekend-high score of 82.5 to win her point and was awarded MOP honors. In the anchor position for Georgia, Paige Stawicki defeated her opponent 80.5-77. The Bulldogs led the Hornets 8-1 at the half.


The Bulldogs swept their second event of the day, defeating Delaware State 5-0 in Equitation on the Flat. Georgia used points from Southam, Arbuckle and O’Mara to make the score 3-0. Finsness followed with an event high score of 86 over her opponent and was awarded her second MOP award of the day. Gleeson sealed the sweep with a 82-64 victory.


Georgia topped Delaware State 3-2. The Hornets earned the first two points of the event with winning rides from Alexis Gratowski and Brooke Moore. Lauren Garmon picked up a point with a 67.5-60 decision. Charley Thiel followed with an MOP-earning, event high score of 71.5 over her opponent’s score of 71. Claudia Spreng sealed the event for the Bulldogs with a 68-64.5 victory.


The Bulldogs will be back in action Saturday, February 14 when they travel to Auburn, Alabama to take on the Tigers.

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