Monday, November 20, 2017


Monday, November 20, 2017

No. 1 Georgia Finishes Fall Undefeated

FELTON, Del. --- 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.


Cowgirls Take Down Top Ranked Aggies

STILLWATER – The No. 5 Oklahoma State equestrian team upset No. 2 Texas A&M, 10-8, Sunday afternoon at Totusek Arena.
It all came down to Reining in the close matchup. The Cowgirls (3-2, 2-0) led 7-6 over the Aggies (6-2, 2-1) heading into the final event, and the Cowgirls delivered in the clutch. Stephanie Helsen, Hannah Mitchell and Julia Purus earned the points for the Cowgirls with Mitchell getting the deciding point when the Cowgirls were leading 9-8.
Julia Purus earned MOP honors for the Cowgirls with her 70.5-69.5 win over Kalee McCann. It was her second MOP honor of the season with her previous honor coming at SMU.
The Cowgirls got off to a great start in Equitation over Fences. They took the event, 4-1, behind some impressive scores. Carly Barrick, Abigail Brayman, Hannah Janson and Katie Schell earned points for the Cowgirls. Janson earned her first MOP honor of the year with her 85-78 win over A&M's Rachael Hake.
The two teams moved to Horsemanship and it was close throughout the event. Texas A&M took the event, 2-1, but there were also two ties in the event. Maddie Bender got the lone point for the Cowgirls with her 73-71 win over Sarah Orsak.
The meet remained close in Equitation on the Flat, but the Aggies took the event, 3-2. Janson got her second win of the day, and Kendall Pedigo got the other point for the Cowgirls.
"There were several outstanding rides today," head coach Larry Sanchez Said.  "We are proud of our team and look forward to continuing our season in the spring."
This was the first win for OSU against Texas A&M since 2014. The Cowgirls have now won four meets in a row against the Aggies at home.
The Cowgirls ended the fall season on a two-meet win streak, with the Cowgirls staying undefeated at home. Dating back to last year, the Cowgirls have won seven in a row at Totusek Arena.
The Cowgirls will take some time off and they will resume play Feb. 3, 2018 when No. 4 Auburn visits Stillwater.


No. 4 Auburn Earns 13-6 Road Win at No. 10 South Carolina 

AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 4 Auburn equestrian team closed out the fall season with a statement, topping No. 10 South Carolina on the road, 13-6. The win moved the Tigers to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the Southeastern Conference.

“For two weekends we failed to focus on the horses at hand,” head coach Greg Williams said. “Today, we got back to riding like we know we can. The credit goes to coaches Jessica Braswell and Mary Meneely and this group of student-athletes. They added grit to the talent and came away with a solid win.”

The Horsemanship crew kicked things off with a 4-0 mark in the event. Redshirt junior Kelsey Jung earned MOP honors with a career-best 77 to top Paige Stopperich’s 73. The MOP recognition is also the first of Jung’s career on the Plains and with her win, she moved to 5-1 on the season.

Freshman Deanna Green also improved to 5-1 in the event with a 74.73.5 victory over Madison Thiel. Juniors Megan Rauh and Lauren Diaz picked up wins, scoring 72 points and 75.5 points, respectively. Sophomore Kara Kaufmann rode to a tie with Megan Overberg, earning 77.5 points for her ride.

Equitation on the Flat finished 3-2 vs. the Gamecocks prior to intermission. Freshman Taylor St. Jacques earned her first-career win as a Tiger and secured MOP honors with a 90-83 victory over Madison Sellman. Juniors Caitlin Boyle and Hayley Iannotti remained undefeated in the event as each improved to 6-0 overall. Boyle topped Billi Brandner, 72-57, while Iannotti bested Lauren Fabiano, 86-79.

Competition resumed with Equitation Over Fences, seeing the Tigers go 3-2 against South Carolina. St. Jacques picked up her second win of the day, topping Sarah Isgett, 89-80. Classmate Gia Rinaldi scored a team-best 90 points in her win over Sellman, while Boyle’s second victory vs. the Gamecocks came with an 85-84 win vs. Chloe Schmidt.

Auburn capped the day with a 3-2 mark in Reining to finish with 13 points in the team victory. Freshman Terri-June Granger moved to 4-1 overall on the year with a 69-67 win over Caroline Gute. Junior Blair McFarlin also improved to 4-1 as she bested Paisley Roberts, 67-66.5, while classmate Ali Fratessa came away with a 64.5-57.5 victory vs. Jordan Scott.

Auburn takes a break from competition before returning to the arena in January. The Tigers will head to Alabama for a Hunt Seat-only exhibition meet, Jan. 19. The team will follow with a busy weekend on the road, facing Baylor (Feb. 2) and Oklahoma State (Feb. 3) away from the Plains.

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