The top ranked University of Georgia equestrian team dropped a 12-8 decision to the second-ranked Auburn Tigers Saturday, February 23 at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Georgia. Highlighting the meet was Kylee Arbuckle (Equitation on the Flat) and McKenzie Lantz (Reining) winning MOP honors. Georgia is now 5-3 on the year and 2-3 in Southeastern Conference action.
Olivia Dorey earned Georgia’s first point of the day, grabbing an 86-79 win over Quincy Hayes that tied Equitation Over Fences 1-1. Leylan Gleeson then rode to an 80-78 win over Hasbrouk Donovan that gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage. Auburn went on to win the final two points of Equitation Over Fences to take the event 3-2.
Auburn grabbed a 4-1 win in Horsemanship, winning the first four points of the event. Indy Roper, Katsy Leeman, Stephanie Rucci and Griffin Knight each secured a point for the Tigers before Sara Parr grabbed a 73.5-72 win over Katie Buff.
Grace Rogers earned a 75-59 win over Lindsay Portella to give the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead in Equitation on the Flat. Christina Lin tied the event at 1-1 with her 77-66 win. Carly Anthony’s 84-70 win over Donovan allowed Georgia to retake the lead at 2-1. Arbuckle sealed the 3-2 win in Equitation on the Flat with her MOP-winning 90-82 win over Elizabeth Benson.
Trailing 1-0 in Reining, Sami Belcher tied the event for Georgia with her 67.5-66.5 win over Julianna Cook. Lantz then secured MOP honors for her 73-70 win over Leeman that gave Georgia a 2-1 lead. Auburn went on to win the final two points to take Reining 3-2 and seal the meet 12-8.
Georgia will be back in action Sunday morning, February 24, when it hosts Delaware State at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop.