AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 4 seed Texas A&M Equestrian team dropped a 15-5 decision to No. 3 seed Georgia on Saturday in the consolation round of the inaugural Southeastern Conference Equestrian Championship.
“I thought our riders executed our game plan well today,” Head Coach Tana McKay said. “I was really happy with the improvements we made from yesterday. This has been a tough year for our squad, but our riders have shown a lot of heart.”
Senior Carey Nowacek was named to the first-ever SEC Equestrian Championship Team for horsemanship after a big weekend in the arena. The San Antonio, Texas, native earned a 13.5-point victory that gave the Aggies a 3-2 horsemanship win against No. 1 seed Auburn in the semifinals.
A&M earned two Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors against UGA today as sophomores Haley Buchmiller (flat) and Laura Sumrall (reining) dominated their rides. Buchmiller rode to a 14-point victory and Sumrall defeated her opponent by six points. Both riders were 2-for-2 on the weekend.
Senior Kelsi Shevlin also earned a point for equitation on the flat, and freshman Hannah Jechow joined Sumrall in the win column for reining. Sophomore Molli Jacobs earned the lone horsemanship victory against UGA. Georgia took a 5-0 sweep of equitation over fences, but three of the Aggies’ five losses were by just one point.
The Aggies will learn their postseason fate in the next two weeks when seedings are finalized for the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) Championships, set for April 17-20 in Waco. A&M will look to defend its western and overall titles from last season. To learn more about Texas A&M equestrian, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.
GEORGIA 15, TEXAS A&M 5
SEC Equestrian Championships
Auburn University Horse Center – Auburn, Ala.
Records: A&M (5-7, 1-7 SEC), UGA (9-5, 4-4 SEC)
HUNTER SEAT: UGA 8, A&M 2
Equitation on the Flat: UGA 3, A&M 2
Caitlyn Francis, UGA def. Hannah Williams, A&M 155-145
Kelsi Shevlin, A&M def. Grace Rogers, UGA 155-152
Haley Buchmiller (MOP), A&M def. Carly Anthony, UGA 164-150
Megan Southam, UGA def. Marlena Parker, A&M 158-128
Kylee Arbuckle, UGA def. Paige Russell, A&M 149-129
Equitation Over Fences: UGA 5, A&M 0
Abby O’Mara, UGA def. Shelby Lawson, A&M 153-152
Olivia Dorey, UGA def. Kori Pickett, A&M 165-151
Sarah Milliren, UGA def. Emily Williams, A&M 162-161
Kylee Arbuckle, UGA def. Marlena Parker, A&M 154-153
Carly Anthony, UGA def. Hannah Williams, A&M 156-154
WESTERN: UGA 7, A&M 3
Horsemanship: UGA 4, A&M 1
Maria Salazar, UGA def. Laura Brainard, A&M 143.5-139.5
Paige Stawicki, UGA def. Amanda Brightwell, A&M 147-145.5
Sara Parr, UGA def. Carey Nowacek, A&M 143-136.5
Megan Hawkins, UGA def. Cassie Mantor, A&M 148.5-143
Molli Jacobs, A&M def. Anna Sasser, UGA 143.5-143
Reining: UGA 3, A&M 2
McKenzie Lantz, UGA def. Ashley Skold, A&M 141-137.5
Laura Sumrall (MOP), A&M def. Lauren Tieche, UGA 144-139
Jackie Hoyt, UGA def. Becca Murray, A&M 141-134.5
Samantha Belcher, UGA def. Lindsey Bernbaum, A&M 139.5-135
Hannah Jechow, A&M def. Becca Haaland, UGA 137-136.5