No. 7 Georgia Upsets No. 3 Auburn, 10-8
AUBURN, Ala. — No. 7 Georgia equestrian upset No. 3 Auburn with a final score of 10-8 on Saturday afternoon at the Auburn University Horse Center.
For the sixth time in program history, Georgia swept Auburn in regular season competition. Earlier this season, on Nov. 11, 2016, the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers, 11-7, at home in Bishop. With the win, Georgia improves to 7-4 on the season including a 3-2 mark in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn falls to 4-3, 2-2 in the SEC.
Georgia also swept Most Outstanding Performance (MOP) honors with Bailey Anderson (Horsemanship), Liza Finsness (Equitation Over Fences), Meg O’Mara (Equitation on the Flat), and Claudia Spreng (Reining) being recognized for their rides. Additionally, O’Mara remains undefeated in Equitation on the Flat with a perfect 11-0 record.
“It was a very exciting day,” head coach Meghan Boenig said. “Auburn is always a great competitor. We saw some fantastic rides and had to ride through some difficult moments. Our team rode to the occasion. We’re still finding ways to push it, either on a difficult horse or under a pressure situation. Finding the repeatability for postseason, both the SEC Championship and nationals, is incredible.”
Georgia fell behind early with the Tigers edging the Bulldogs, 3-2, in Equitation Over Fences. O’Mara rode to a score of 80, defeating Caitlin Boyle’s 56, to earn the first point of the day for Georgia. In the anchor position for the Bulldogs, Finsness scored an event-high 88 to better Hayley Iannotti’s 79. Her score of 88 ties her season-high and earned her MOP honors.
Georgia and Auburn split points in Horsemanship, 2-2. Bailey Anderson claimed the first point and MOP honors for the Bulldogs, defeating Auburn’s Megan Rauh, 72-69.5. Georgia sophomore Madison Anger and Auburn’s Hannah Stephens both rode to an event-high score of 73 to push the point. Graysen Stroud defeated Kelsey Jung of Auburn, 71-63.
Auburn held a slight 5-4 advantage over Georgia at the break.
Georgia started the comeback in Equitation on the Flat, claiming three points. O’Mara led off with an event-high and MOP-earning score of 92 over Ashton Alexander’s 88. Junior Addyson Cord edged her opponent, 69-67, before freshman Sydney Hutchins topped Auburn’s Ashely Foster, 76-72.
Georgia rode away with the victory in Reining, only giving up one point to Auburn. Kyndall Harper defeated her opponent, 68-66.5. Spreng earned MOP honors for her 69.5-67.5 defeat of Ali Fratessa, before Stroud rode to a tie against Auburn’s Blair McFarlin with a score of 72.5. Georgia held a 9-8 advantage over Auburn before Charley Thiel clinched the victory with a 71.5-70 win over Kara Kaufmann.
Georgia has off next week before the Bulldogs welcome the Aggies of Texas A&M to the UGA Equestrian Complex on Feb. 25 for Senior Day. Competition is slated to begin at 10 a.m. and admission is free.
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No. 10 TCU Victorious on Senior Day
SPRINGTOWN, Texas — The No. 10 TCU equestrian upended No. 5 Fresno State on Saturday, 12-6, at Turning Point Ranch. The Frogs honored their eight seniors following the meet, but those seniors will ride one more time on their home turf when No. 8 South Carolina visits on Sunday.
On the Hunt Seat side, the Frogs started off with a 2-2 tie in Equitation over Fences after seniors Molly Peddicord and Kari Hancock won their points on Java and Conner. Peddicord had an 83-77 decision against the Bulldog's Paige Pastorino on her way to earning an MOP accolade for her performance.
TCU finished off the Hunt Seat side with a 4-0 win over Fresno State in Equitation on the Flat thanks to Peddicord, Jayme Omand, Emelie Burgess and Carley Barnett. Hancock seemed to have won her point but ended with a draw against Natalie Wendt at 81. Barnett claimed an MOP accolade against Madelyn Keck with a score of 79.
On the Western side, the Purple and White went 2-3 in Reining with senior Brooke Boyle and freshman Carly Lombard both winning their points for the Frogs.
In Horsemanship, Laska Anderson started the Frogs off with a 74.5 against Fresno State's Taylor Brown en route to earning herself an MOP accolade and a point for the Frogs. Marah Huston, Megan McMullen and Josie Mootz also won their points, leading the Frogs to a 4-1 win.
Stat of the Game
3 MOPs — Molly Peddicord in Equitation over Fences, Carley Barnett in Equitation on the Flat and Laska Anderson in Horsemanship.
- Molly Peddicord went 2-0 on the day and earned an MOP accolade for Fences
- Each of TCU's eight seniors saw action in the meet
- Freshmen Laska Anderson, Carly Lombard and Josie Mootz each won their respective points
Quote of the Meet
Head Coach and Program Director Haley Schoolfield
"It all came together today and that is the direction we will continue heading. Our seniors were all outstanding and we had impressive rides from the younger side of our team as well. We will now look to hosting South Carolina tomorrow morning at Turning Point Ranch."
TCU takes on the No. 8 South Carolina Gamecocks in Springtown on Sunday at 10 a.m.
No. 6 SMU Sets School Record in 16-4 Senior Day Rout
DALLAS — The No. 6 SMU equestrian team honored its seniors with a 16-4 victory over No. 9 New Mexico State Saturday at the Dallas Equestrian Center. The Mustangs won all four disciplines, en route to setting the school record for most points in a meet and the largest margin of victory.
"It was wonderful to honor our senior class with a big victory over a good New Mexico State team," SMU head coach Carol Gwin said. "This was a great weekend moving into our road slate."
The Mustangs (5-2, 3-0 UEC) opened the day with a 5-0 sweep in Equitation Over Fences. Sophomore Alexandra Murphy led off the event with an 85-79 victory over Samantha Perlman, before Nora Gray edged Karianna Knezevich, 81-79. Freshman Vivian Yowan earned her third MOP of the season following an 88-65 rout of Erica Rosinski. Senior Sylvia de Toledo topped Remington Willkie, 79-70, before fellow senior Alexis Graves closed the event with an 80-74 win over Madison Brayman.
In reining, the Mustangs bested the Aggies, 4-1. Olivia Pakula opened scoring with a 71-68.5 win over Kimmy Ferrante. Junior Keagan Snively recorded a 76.5, the highest western score in program history, en route to an MOP-winning 76.5-74 decision over Kiley Newkirk. Madison Steed bested Hallie Padilla, 73.5-66, before senior Jaclyn White rounded off the event with a 73-72.5 win over Katherine Arnold.
Following intermission, SMU won Equitation on the Flat, 4-1. Gray bested Brayman, 80-73, for the flat MOP, her third honor in two days. Senior Leina King improved to 3-0 this season following a 71-63 win over Knezevich. Yowan and de Toledo both earned their second wins of the day, with Yowan topping Grace McMurry, 78-72, before de Toledo won 77-66 over Isabel Walton.
SMU claimed the final event, horsemanship, 3-2. Senior Kelsey Karanges topped Alyssa Luckhardt, 73-65 to open scoring. Ashley Mauney won her first career MOP award following a 74-63.5 rout of Morgan Matzdorff. Michaela Dinger bested Katlynn Crine, 73.5-48.5, to clinch the discipline victory.
The SMU equestrian team heads to Fresno, Calif., Feb. 17-18 for the meets against Fresno State and Baylor. A full recap and final results will be made available following the competition on SMUMustangs.com. During the meet, live results can be found on SMUMustangs.com or the SMU equestrian twitter page. Fans are encouraged to follow @SMUEquestrian.
Equestrian Drops Minnesota-Crookston
BROOKINGS, S.D. — The South Dakota State equestrian team drops Minnesota-Crookston to a close 8-7 decision Saturday at the DeHaan Equestrian Center.
Taylor Duerr earned Mop accolades en route to her first win in Equitation over Fences when she dropped Selena Young, 85-73. Blair Julia Wright upended Rhiannon Nicoll, 84-75, while Alissa Greenwald defeated Monika Frame, 82-73.
Freshman Jordan Gates won the lone point in Horsemanship, dropping Hannah Van Dyke, 68.5-66.
Miranda Sullivan topped Cathy Ackroyd, 69-62.5.
Jacey Chorlton claimed her first MOP honors on the season en route to an 81-72 decision over Monika Frame in Equitation on the Flat.
The Jacks return to action Feb. 24-25 when they face TCU and New Mexico State in Los Cruces, New Mexico.