Friday, October 16, 2015

Wright Ties School Record in Jackrabbit Win

South Dakota State sophomore reiner Mariah Wright tied the SDSU career record with her sixth-career MOP on Friday, as the Jackrabbits cruised to a 12-3 win over Minnesota-Crookston at the DeHaan Equestrian Center.

The win marks the first on the season for the Jacks, who move to 1-2, while the Golden Eagles fall to 0-1 in NCEA competition.

“I’m really happy with our performance today, it feels really good to get our first win, and hopefully that propels us into a big weekend at the end of the month at TCU and SMU,” head coach Ellie Wilkins said. “The girls rode great today, and it’s exactly what we needed.”

Wright scored a 70 in earning MOP honors for the first time this season. Her sixth-career MOP ties her with Laura Dunlavy (2010-14) and Angela Gebhart (2007-11) who both won six in their All-American careers.

The Jacks started the day with a clean sweep over fences, with Jessica Andronowitz, Marielle Golden, Alissa Greenwald and Blair Julia Wright all winning their points, with Blair Julia Wright earning her first-career over fences MOP with a score of 83.

Angela Lopez led a trio of Jackrabbit winners in horsemanship with a score of 72.5 in earning MOP, her second of the season. Sarah Bowen and Nicole Siebold also won their points for the Jacks, who won the western events by a 6-1 score.

The Jacks and Golden Eagles split the points on the flat, with Marielle Golden and Natalie Howard earning points. Howard also took home MOP honors for the second consecutive meet.

No. 1 Georgia Equestrian defeats No. 5 Oklahoma State 14-6

The No. 1 Georgia equestrian team defeated No. 5 Oklahoma State 14-6 Friday afternoon at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga.  With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 4-0 on the season, while the Cowgirls move to 2-1.  Georgia took home all MVP honors with Liza Finsness (Equitation on the Flat), Rachel Kolb (Horsemanship), Meg O’Mara (Equitation Over Fences), and Graysen Stroud (Reining) highlighting the meet.  
"What a beautiful day to be out here riding,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “There was a lot of strength in all of the events, its incredible to see a sweep (in horsemanship).  We have a little break now, which is a great time to work on team unity, bonding and some of the mental psyche as we get ready for Auburn.”
Georgia took a 3-2 lead in Equitation Over Fences.  Oklahoma State’s Kristen Chamberland picked up the first point of the event before Addy Cord grabbed a point for Georgia 85-77.  Meg O’Mara rode to an MVP-winning 86 over Oklahoma State’s Katie Jones.  Amy White grabbed the next point for Oklahoma State over Georgia’s Liza Finsness.  Leylan Gleeson closed out the event with a 82-79 win over Oklahoma State’s Jorden Davis.  
Georgia swept Oklahoma State in Horsemanship 5-0.  Bailey Anderson, Madison Anger, and Rachel Kolb all scored a 75 to grab points from Oklahoma State.  Sammie Johnson and Heather Schmidt edged their opponents scoring a 73 and 74.5, respectively.  
Georgia led Oklahoma State 8-2 at intermission.  
Georgia extended its lead in Equitation on the Flat.  Leylan Gleeson grabbed a point for Georgia outscoring her opponent 71-62.  Addy Cord won another point for Georgia before Oklahoma State earned their lone point of the event.  Georgia’s Meg O’Mara and Liza Finsness won the final two points for Equitation on the Flat.
In Reining, Oklahoma State took the first two points with Ebba Lange grabbing a point over Lauren Garmon 70.5-69 before Julia Purus edged Charley Thiel 70.5-70.  Georgia countered by winning the next two points.  Kyndall Harper and Greyson Stroud both beat their opponents 70.5-69.  Oklahoma State won the last point, wining the event 3-2.  

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