The top-ranked Georgia equestrian team finished the fall portion of its schedule undefeated after riding to a 13-7 victory over Delaware State on Friday at the Dovington Training Center. With the win, Georgia improves to 6-0 on the season.
Sophomore Maddy Darst earned Most Outstanding Performance honors for her rides in Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences after scoring an 80 in both events. Senior captain Kyndall Harper earned the honors in Reining.
“This was a very nice end to the fall season,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “As always, Delaware State is a great host. We’re very proud of the rides and success, particularly Maddy Darst with her two MOPs today. We look forward to rest and recuperation, and to continue building from the lessons of today and throughout the season in order to put them into action for the spring.”
The Bulldogs jumped to a 4-1 lead in Equitation Over Fences. Darst led off with an 80-77 win over Delaware State’s Zoe Kirsch. Senior Meghan Flanagan earned the first point of her career with a ten-point margin of victory, 83-73. Ali Tritschler edged her opponent, 82-81, before Sydney Hutchins closed the event with an 83-68 win.
The Horsemanship squad rode to a 4-1 victory over the Hornets. The Bulldogs dropped the first point, before senior captain Sammie Johnson rode to a 70.5-68 victory. Madison Anger and Payton Anderson earned the next two points for the Bulldogs after riding to scores of 73.5. Anna Hutlas scored a 73 to earn the final point of the event over DSU’s Kelsey McArthur’s score of 68.5.
Georgia dropped a 3-2 decision in Equitation on the Flat. Madison Newman rode to a score of 75, topping Emily Nelson’s 61. In the anchor position, Darst scored an event-high 80 to better the score of 76 from Delaware State’s Zoe Kirsch.
Competition concluded in Reining with the Bulldogs earning three more points. Freshman Jordan Carpenter edged Angelina Watts’ of Delaware State, 70.5-70. Sophomore Julia Spreng defeated her opponent, 70.5-68, before Harper rode to an MOP-earning 72-63.5 victory over Shelbie Jarrett. Delaware State claimed the final two points of the event.
Georgia’s Reining and Horsemanship squads remain undefeated with perfect 6-0 records. The Equitation Over Fences group has jumped to a 4-1-1 record, while the Equitation on the Flat riders have gone 3-3 on the season.