The No.2 Georgia equestrian team defeated No. 8 South Carolina 13-5 Friday afternoon at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga. With the win, Georgia improves to 5-1 on the season with a 2-1 mark in the Southeastern Conference. Highlighting the meet was Bailey Anderson (Horsemanship), Leylan Gleeson (Equitation on the Flat), Alex Maracic (Equitation Over Fences), and Claudia Spreng (Reining) who won MOP honors for Georgia.
“This meet served as a progress report,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “We had some things we wanted to capitalize on and to use this opportunity to make adjustments from last week in order to build momentum going into the second half of our season. We are not finished yet, there is more to do on this journey towards the post season.”
Georgia got on the board first with Maracic riding to an MOP-winning score of 85-84, edging South Carolina’s Samantha Kraus in Equitation Over Fences. Liza Finsness rode to a tie with a score of 82 against Lizzie van der Walde. South Carolina won the next point over Georgia’s Gleeson. Georgia won the last two points of the event with Addy Cord outscoring her opponent 78-77 before Meg O’Mara rode to a 83-79 win over South Carolina’s Samantha Smith.
In horsemanship, Georgia extended its lead against South Carolina. Bailey Anderson won the first point with an MOP-earning 76-73.5 victory. South Carolina took the next point before Georgia’s Rachel Kolb defeated Lindsey Slack 76.5-69. Heather Schmidt rode to a tie against South Carolina’s Ashley Reichert with a score of 76. Georgia took the final point of the event with Sammie Johnson outscoring her opponent 70.5-64.
At the half, Georgia led South Carolina 6-2.
Georgia sealed the win in Equitation on the Flat, Madison Newman rode to a career-high 91 over South Carolina’s Samantha Smith, who scored an 81. South Carolina took the next point over Addy Cord 94-82. Meg O’Mara outscored her opponent 87-80 winning another point for Georgia. After a re-ride, Leylan Gleeson rode to a career-high and MVP-earning 94-79 win over South Carolina’s Erin Fry. Georgia led South Carolina 10-3 with one event remaining.
In Reining, Spreng claimed MOP honors after edging South Carolina’s Sarah Bouchard 72-71.5. South Carolina’s Madison Thiel, who is the sister of Georgia’s Charley Thiel, grabbed the next point for the Gamecocks. Georgia and South Carolina each added one to the board before Lauren Garmon claimed the final point of competition for the Bulldogs.
No. 4 Texas A&M Equestrian Shuts Out Kansas State
The No. 4 Texas A&M equestrian team didn’t drop a single point in an overwhelming 14-0 shutout of No. 9 Kansas State.
The hunter seat competition opened up with equitation on the flat, which the Aggies swept 4-0. Senior Audrey Gallagher and sophomore Alex Desiderio each won their matchups by one point, 77-76 and 81-80, respectively. Senior Hannah Williams scored an 80 to take her point. Event MVP junior Izzy Norton defeated Kansas State’s highest score of 85 with a stellar 94-point performance in her first ride of the year.
The western squad began its day with the horsemanship competition, taking a 3-0 victory for the Aggies. Freshman Sarah Orsak won the first point of her young career as well as her first MVP with a 70-69 victory. Sophomore Avery Ellis won her point 69.5-63. Senior Carolyn Day’s score with her opponent was tied at 71.5, resulting in a cancellation of the point. Wrapping up the competition with a win was junior Rachel Lucht with a 70.5-70 performance, becoming the first horsemanship rider for Texas A&M to reach five wins this season.
All four Aggie riders scored higher than an 80 to win their points in equitation over fences. Marlena Parker cruised to victory with the event’s highest score, an 88. Alex Desiderio won her second event of the day with a clutch 83-82 MVP performance to beat Kansas State’s highest score in the event. Freshman Rebekah Chenelle won her point by a score of 85-79 while sophomore Kai Devoglaer wrapped up the event with a point-winning 86.
The Aggies took reining 3-0. Senior Hannah Jechow improved to 6-0 on the season with a 69-68 victory over Kansas State’s Taylor Todd. Senior Ashley Dotson won her second MVP of the season by scoring a 69 for the point, improving to 6-0 on the year. Senior Logan Pluhar scored the third and final Aggie point with a 63.5-62 performance while junior Sarah Kate Grider tied her point at 69, cancelling it out.
“I’m very excited about how today went,” head coach Tana McKay said. “We are growing as a team and it’s really showing in the arena. We had some challenges thrown at us this morning due to weather and unfamiliar territory, but the girls remained focused on what we talked about in practices leading up to this meet.”
No. 3 Baylor Equestrian Bests No. 10 SMU in Dallas
The Baylor equestrian team (7-1, 2-1 Big 12) picked up a big 10-7 road win over the No. 10 SMU Mustangs (2-5, 1-1 UEC) on Friday at the Sleepy P Ranch.
After SMU jumped to a 3-1 lead in fences, Baylor answered back with a 3-1 mark in horsemanship to tie the meet back at 4-4. Freshman rider Aspen Crew earned MOP (Most Outstanding Player) honors in the event, her first of the season.
Baylor took a 7-5 lead following equitation on the flat, with Alicia Gasser earning MOP and scoring a meet-high 89.
The Bears closed out the victory in reining, led by Charlotte Green, earning MOP honors with a score of 70.
“That was a great way to finish our fall season, with a road win," Baylor head coach Ellen White said. "Our ladies rode well today. They did a good job of reading the SMU horses and putting together winning rides.”