BISHOP, Ga. – The meet came down to the final ride as the No. 9 Texas A&M equestrian team lost by just one point at No. 1 Georgia, Friday at the UGA Equestrian Complex. The 10-9 win improved the Bulldogs’ record to 3-0 (2-0 SEC), and the Aggies are now 2-3 on the season (1-1 SEC).
Reining was the final event of the day, and the Aggies entered it trailing 6-8. Three straight wins by A&M and a UGA victory brought the score to a 9-9 tie before UGA took advantage of an Aggie disqualification to clinch the meet.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our riders,” head coach Tana McKay said. “Georgia stays in the top of the rankings for a reason and our girls went out there and showed that they can compete with that. It was a disappointing end to a great meet, but our riders are competing with confidence and have made great improvements this season.”
The competition started with equitation over fences. The event went back-and-forth between both teams, and UGA emerged with a 3-2 lead. Aggies Kimmy Saul and Hannah Williams each defeated their opponents to keep A&M in the meet.
UGA stretched its lead to 6-3 after a 3-1 win in horsemanship. Caroline Ammons secured the lone Aggie victory in the event, edging her opponent by .5 points. Laura Brainard posted an impressive score of 73, but the mark was matched by her opponent for a tie. Brainard’s ride impressed the judge, though, and the senior earned her first Most Outstanding Player honor of the season.
Equitation on the flat brought the Aggies back into the competition with a 3-2 A&M victory in that event. UGA won the first two rides, but three straight wins by Williams, Haley Buchmiller and Megan Phillips pushed the Aggies ahead to a flat win and gave Georgia an 8-6 lead headed into the final event.
Ashley Skold, Laura Sumrall and Ashley Dotson each bested their opponents to start reining off with A&M leading the even 3-0, and the overall meet 9-8. A win by UGA tied the meet as it entered the last ride. Hannah Jechow was the final competitor for A&M with the heavy task of topping a score of 72, but the sophomore scored a zero when she was disqualified and the top-ranked Bulldogs won the meet by just one point.
Up next, Texas A&M will host Auburn in the Aggies’ final meet of the fall season, and their final meet at the Brazos County Expo Complex, on Sunday, Nov. 24. To learn more about Texas A&M equestrian
No. 9 Texas A&M (9) at No. 1 UGA (10)
Friday, November 8, 2013
Bishop, Ga. – UGA Softball Complex
Hunter Seat – A&M 5, UGA 5
Equitation over Fences – UGA 3, A&M 2
Kylee Arbuckle, UGA def. Marlena Parker, A&M, 88-86
Kimmy Saul, A&M def. Megan Southam, UGA, 85-84
Abby O’Mara, UGA def. Leah Chenelle, A&M, 90-78
Hannah Williams, A&M def. Olivia Dorey, UGA, 88-85
Liza Finsness (MOP), UGA def. Haley Buchmiller, A&M, 90-70
Equitation on the Flat – A&M 3, UGA 2
Olivia Dorey, UGA def. Paige Russell, A&M, 80-79
Liza Finsness (MOP), UGA def. Marlena Parker, A&M, 84-83
Hannah Williams, A&M def. Megan Southam, UGA, 81-69
Haley Buchmiller, A&M def. Leylan Gleeson, UGA, 86-77
Megan Phillips, A&M def. Kylee Arbuckle, UGA, 86-83
Western – UGA 5, A&M 4
Horsemanship – UGA 3, A&M 1
Rachel Kolb, UGA def. Molli Jacobs, A&M, 73.5-71.5
Paige Stawicki, UGA def. Logan Pluhar, A&M, 72-69.5
Caroline Ammons, A&M def. Anna Sasser, UGA, 69.5-69
Heather Schmidt, UGA def. Alyssa Soechting, A&M, 73.5-72.5
Laura Brainard (MOP), A&M ties Sara Parr, UGA, 73-73
Reining – A&M 3, UGA 2
Ashley Skold, A&M def. Lindsey Cheek, UGA, 71-70.5
Laura Sumrall, A&M def. Charley Thiel, UGA, 72.5-70.5
Ashley Dotson, A&M def. McKenzie Lantz, UGA, 71.5-71
Lauren Garmon, UGA def. Lindsey Bernbaum, A&M, 67-61
Lauren Tieche (MOP), UGA, def. Hannah Jechow, A&M, 72-0