UGA Equestrian: 11 Riders Earn All-SEC honors

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UGA Equestrian: 11 Riders Earn All-SEC honors

UGA equestrian – Lisa Finsness
Liza Finsness on Swank during an NCAA equestrian event between the Georgia Bulldogs and SEC opponent South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, February 7, 2015 in Bishop, Ga.
[su_spacer size=”20″] The UGA equestrian team was well represented on the All-Southeastern Conference teams, as 11 riders earned honors, it was announced today. The Bulldogs had six riders earn seven All-SEC honors and four riders named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. The seven All-SEC honors were the most by any SEC team, while the four All-Freshman riders was the most by a team.


Earning All-SEC accolades was Liza Finsness (Equitation Over Fences, Equitation on the Flat), Kylee Arbuckle (Equitation on the Flat), Rachel Kolb (Horsemanship), Sara Parr (Horsemanship), Paige Stawicki (Horsemanship) and Lauren Garmon (Reining).


Addyson Cord (Equitation on the Flat), Bailey Anderson (Horsemanship), Sammie Johnson (Horsemanship) and Kyndall Harper (Reining) were each named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.


For the second year in a row, Finsness earned a spot on the All-SEC Team in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences. This year, Finsness compiled a 9-5-1 record in Equitation Over Fences with five MOPs. She posted a score of 86 on the road against South Carolina and earned an MOP against UT-Martin with a score of 85. Her high-scoring performance of the season came against Delaware State, earning a 92 along with MOP honors. Finsness picked up MOP honors in both rides during the 2015 SEC Championship. In Equitation on the Flat, Finsness rode to a 10-3-2 record, which includes three MOP performances. She earned an MOP with a score of 87 against Kansas State, and another against Delaware State with a score of 86. Her season-high score of 92 came against TCU. Finsness earned MOP honors at the SEC Championship and was named to the SEC All-Championship Team. Finsness was named as an NCEA All-America Honorable Mention for Equitation on the Flat.


Kylee Arbuckle joins Finsness on the All-SEC Equitation on the Flat Team. After posting a season record of 12-3, Arbuckle earned a spot on the NCEA All-America First Team. She was also named as the SEC Flat Rider of the Month in February and March. Arbuckle owns the highest score of all SEC competitions during the regular season with a 95 that came against TCU, which earned her MOP honors. Arbuckle also earned a 91 for her performance against FSU on the road. Her eleven regular season wins is the most of any SEC rider this season. Six of the eleven are conference-only victories, which is also the most of any SEC rider.


Rachel Kolb is one of three Georgia riders named to the All-SEC Team in Horsemanship. During the 2014-15 campaign, Kolb put together a 9-3-1 record. She posted a score of 76.5 against SEC foe South Carolina. She then posted an impressive 77.5 against Delaware State. Kolb helped the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship title after going 2 for 2 in the tournament.


Parr also picked up All-SEC honors in Horsemanship after earning First Team All-America honors in the event. She posted a 9-3-1 record with five MOPs and went 2-0 at the SEC Championship with one MOP and was named to the SEC All-Championship Team for her performances. Parr earned back-to-back SEC Rider of the Month honors in February and March, followed by the NCEA Rider of the Month award for March. She owns the highest score of SEC competitions with an 82.5 and also posted a 79.5 against South Carolina. Parr averaged a margin of victory of 2. 5 points during the season, the highest on the Georgia Horsemanship squad.


Stawicki repeats as an All-SEC rider in Horsemanship. Along with Parr, Stawicki earned First Team All-America Honors. Stawicki was named as SEC and NCEA Rider of the Month in October after going 3-0 with two MOPs. She was then named as SEC Rider of the Month in November after posting a 2-0 record. Her season-high score of 80.5 came against Delaware State, a score that is tied for the second highest of all SEC conference-only competitions. She is tied for the most individual victories of conference competitions with five and also tied for the most MOPs in all competitions with five. Stawicki owns the record for the most MOP honors of SEC only competitions this season with three honors.


Rounding out the All-SEC honors for Georgia is Garmon, who was named as a First Team All-American in Reining. Garmon started in all competitions for Georgia and compiled an impressive 11-2-1 record with two MOP honors. With a margin of victory of 3.3 points, Garmon is tied for the most regular season individual victories in the SEC of all competitions with 10. She posted 72 on the road against Baylor and a 70.5 against Kansas State, for which she earned MOP honors. She earned her second MOP against Texas A&M after posting a score of 69. Garmon went 1-1 at the SEC Championship and posted the second highest reining score of the weekend with a 148.5.


The Bulldogs had four riders earn SEC All-Freshman honors this season, two of which came in Horsemanship.


Cord earned All-Freshman honors after competing in five meets for the Bulldogs, picking up a 2-2-1 record. Cord averaged a score of 80.6. Her season-high score of 86 came against ranked Kansas State, defeating her opponent by 12. She also picked up a point against South Carolina with a score of 81.


Anderson was the first of two Bulldogs to earn All-Freshman honors in Horsemanship. Anderson rode in all meets for Georgia and amassed an 8-4-3 record with two MOPs. She scored a 74.5 against Auburn on the road, earning MOP honors for the performance. Her season-high of 78 against South Carolina ranks in the top five in the SEC of all competitions.


Johnson joins Anderson on the All-Freshman Team in Horsemanship after putting together a 3-2-1 record and earning one MOP. Johnson scored a 78.5 against Delaware State. Her MOP-earning performance came against Texas A&M after scoring a 74.5.


Rounding out the All-Freshman Team for Georgia is Harper, who earned the honors in Reining. Harper rode to a 8-5 record this season with three MOPs, the most of any Georgia Reining squad member. She was named as the SEC and NCEA Rider of the Month in October after posting a perfect 3-0 record. In her debut performance for Georgia, Harper scored a 73 and was awarded MOP. She rode to a victory against Baylor with a 72 and earned her second MOP award. Her third MOP came against TCU, after she earned a score of 70. Harper is tied for the second-most MOPs in the SEC in all competitions with three. ​

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