After riding to a Southeastern Conference Championship Title, Georgia equestrian was selected as the No. 2 seed for the 2017 National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championship, as announced by the NCEA Selection Committee Wednesday.
The nation’s top-12 teams will compete for the 2017 NCEA Championship, set to take place April 12-15 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.
Beginning with the 2014 championship, the top-12 overall teams (Western and Hunt Seat combined) are invited to compete. The NCEA Selection Committee determines and invites these teams based on a number of factors throughout the season. The top-four seeds in the NCEA Championship each receive first-round byes in the 12-team format.
The Bulldogs (11-4, 6-2) will receive a first round bye before competing against the winner of Fresno State versus New Mexico State on Friday, April 14. Georgia defeated both teams during the regular season with final scores of 11-8 and 17-2, respectively.
Georgia has captured six NCEA Overall Championships, coming in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2014.
Georgia is coming off the program’s second SEC championship as the Bulldogs topped Auburn, 10-9, Saturday, March 25, to take the league crown. The SEC began sponsoring the sport in 2013.
Senior Meg O’Mara was named to the SEC All-Championship Team in Equitation Over Fences and Equitation on the Flat, while O’Mara (Flat) and junior Sammie Johnson (Horsemanship) earned MOP honors against the Tigers.
NCEA Championship Seeding
4. Oklahoma State
5. Texas A&M
6. South Carolina
7. Fresno State
10. New Mexico State
11. South Dakota State
12. Delaware State
Thursday, April 13 — Round 1
(5) Texas A&M vs. (12) Delaware State
(6) South Carolina vs. (11) South Dakota State
(7) Fresno State vs. (10) New Mexico State
(8) SMU vs. (9) TCU
Friday, April 14 — Quarterfinals
(1) Baylor vs. 8/9 Winner
(2) Georgia vs. 7/10 Winner
(3) Auburn vs. 6/11 Winner
(4) Oklahoma State vs. 5/12 Winner
Saturday, April 15 — Semifinals/Championship