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No. 9 Equestrian Opens Spring Against No. 6 UGA

January 29, 2014
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 9 Texas A&M equestrian team (2-4, 1-2 SEC) will host its final meet inside the Brazos County Expo Complex when it hosts No. 6 Georgia (6-2, 2-1) on Saturday at 10 a.m. The competition is the Aggies’ last home SEC event of the year. Perfect weather and promotions are in store for Saturday’s show, as 200 fans will receive a free 12th Man Towel to commemorate the event.

The Aggies and Bulldogs will start the competition with equitation over fences (North Arena) and horsemanship (South Arena), each slated for a 10 a.m. start. Equitation on the flat (North Arena) and reining (South Arena) will compete around noon to end the meet. All times are Central.

“Georgia is always a big meet for us and we are hoping to have a great crowd to cheer us on,” Head Coach Tana McKay said. “This is also our last show at the Brazos County Expo Center so it’s kind of the end of an era. We want to go out with a bang, and we’re excited to finish moving to the our new team complex for the rest of the season.”

The Aggies will begin competition in their new home at the north corner of F&B Road and FM-2818 on March 8 when the team hosts Oklahoma State in their final competition of the regular season. The name of the new complex is being finalized by the Texas A&M Board of Regents.

Texas A&M ended the fall competition season with a 10-10 loss on a tiebreaker against No. 3 Auburn. Haley Buchmiller (flat), Laura Brainard (horsemanship) and Sarah Kate Grider (reining) each earned Most Outstanding Player honors against the Tigers. Each of the Aggies’ SEC meets this season have finished with a one-point-or-less scoring margin.

Georgia is fresh off of a pair of wins against Delaware State and UT-Martin last weekend. Equitation on the flat rider Liza Finsness and horsemanship rider Heather Schmidt both come to College Station as the current National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) Riders of the Month in their disciplines.

The Aggies and Bulldogs last met at Georgia in November when Texas A&M suffered its first conference loss of the season to then-No. 1 UGA with a narrow 9-10 deficit.

To get live scoring updates and to learn more about Texas A&M equestrian, view the live scoring page on AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieEquestrian Twitter.

Approximate Schedule of Events
10 a.m. - Equitation over fences - North Arena
10 a.m. - Horsemanship - South Arena
12 p.m. - Equitation on the flat - North Arena
12 p.m. - Reining - South Arena

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