Equestrian Falls in Finals in Hunt Seat at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships


April 18, 2009

Waco, Texas - The top-seed Auburn equestrian team fell 7-1 to second-seed Georgia Saturday in the finals of Hunt Seat at the 2009 Varsity Equestrian National Championships. In individual competition, both Maggie McAlary and Anna Schierholz lost in the semi-finals of Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences.

"I think our girls came to ride well," said Auburn head coach Greg Williams. "We had some really great rides. We only scored one point. This was a blowout on paper, but it was not a blowout in the arena. I'm proud of the girls. I just wish the outcome could have been, even if not different, at least a little closer."

Georgia won Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences 3-1 defeating Auburn. Bulldog winners included Haylie Jayne over Anna Schierholz 164-159, Emma Lipman over Grace Socha 168-160 and Kelley Cowperthwait over Ali Loprete 160-151. Auburn's Maggie McAlary had the high score of the day defeating Kacy Jenkins 174-152.

Georgia swept Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat 4-0. Bulldog winners included Emma Lipman over Katie Breedlove 136-132, Michelle Morris over Jenny Reinhart 139-133, Katie Hagerty over Ali Loprete 131-128 and Haylie Jayne over Maggie McAlary 145-141.

In the semi-finals of individual competition, top-seed Haylie Jayne of Georgia defeated fifth-seed Anna Schierholz 168-160, while seventh-seed Kelley Cowperthwait of Georgia defeated third-seed Maggie McAlary 154-0 (0 refers to a no score because of a penalty) in Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences.

The results for the 2009 Varsity Equestrian National Championships are listed below:

In the Hunt Seat division, Georgia finished first, Auburn second, South Carolina third, Baylor fourth and Oklahoma State fifth.

In the Western division, Texas A&M finished first, Texas Christian second, Oklahoma State third, Georgia fourth and Kansas State fifth.

In the overall standings, Georgia finished first, Texas A&M second and Oklahoma State third.

In individual championships, Georgia's Haylie Jayne won Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences, in Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat Oklahoma State's Ally Blais, in Western Horsemanship Texas A&M's Caroline Gunn and in Western Reining Texas Christian's Carrie Von Uhlit.