April 4, 2009
Bishop, Ga. - The top-seeded Auburn equestrian team (6-5) lost to host and No.2 seed Georgia (12-4) 15-5 Saturday in the finals of the 2009
Southern Equestrian Championships. The Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 6-4
in Hunt Seat and 9-1 in Western. The Bulldogs defeated No. 3 seed South
Carolina 15-5 Friday in the preliminary round.
"Final scores weren't close, but the rides were," said Auburn head coach
Greg Williams. "We had a lot of really good rides today. We'll get a
week and a half of hard work in and go to nationals."
Georgia won Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences 3-2 behind MVP Haylie
Jayne, who defeated Anna Schierholz 159-152. Auburn's Grace Socha also
earned MVP honors defeating Kelley Cowperthwait 164-160. Other Bulldog
winners included Michelle Morris over Jessica Braswell 160-158 and Kacy
Jenkins over Ali Loprete 158-143. Other Tiger winners include Maggie
McAlary over Emma Lipman 160-143.
Auburn's Rebecca Rifkin and Georgia's Emma Lipman earned co-MVP honors
in Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat. Rifkin defeated Katie Hagerty
166-162, and Lipman defeated Jenny Reinhart 157-152.5. Georgia won the
event 3-2. Other Bulldog winners included Michelle Morris over Chelsea
Anheuser 157-147.5 and Haylie Jayne over Katie Breedlove 157-147. Other
Tiger winners include Maggie McAlary over Amy Klebesadel 163-154.
Georgia swept Western Horsemanship 5-0 behind co-MVPs Lauren Love and
Kelley Mundrick. Love defeated Bailey Dymond 148.5-147.5, and Mundrick
defeated Jessica Jones 153.5-149. Other Bulldog winners included Katelyn
Van Allen over Kylie Miller 153-146, Dana Kennedy over Courtney Kobak
153-143 and Alicia Shrum over Amy Bohan 153-145.5.
Georgia won Western Reining 4-1 behind co-MVPs Nichole Grant and Kate
Stewart. Grant defeated Kelsey George
140.5-118, and Stewart defeated
138.5-137. Other Bulldog winners included Sarah Locker
over Kim Pope
133.5-0 (0 refers to a no score because of a penalty) and
Diandra St. Hilaire over Jessica Jones
134-130.5. Tiger winners include
over Hannah Dyer 140.5-135.
Auburn returns to action April 16-18 in Waco, Texas, for the Varsity
Equestrian National Championships.