No. 1 Georgia Riders Face 4th-Ranked South Carolina on Saturday

By: UGA Sports Communications
By: UGA Sports Communications

Athens, GA - The Georgia Equestrian team -- ranked No. 1 in the first
national poll of the season -- returns to the competition ring this weekend against one of its chief rivals. Fourth-ranked South Carolina visits Georgia for a Saturday dual meet that begins at 2:00 p.m. at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop. Admission is free.

The Bulldogs arrive at this weekend's showdown undefeated in two meets thus far, having already defeated Kansas State and SMU at home. South Carolina also opened the season with wins over SMU and South Dakota State, but the Gamecocks dropped a tie-breaker decision at home to SEC rival Auburn in its last meet three weeks ago. These two teams will meet again in their annual home-and-home series next February 5.

"It'll be a big meet for us and one that we're excited to be hosting,"
Georgia coach Meghan Boenig said. "We have a healthy respect for South Carolina. It's always been a great rivalry, very evenly matched. We can't afford to let up for even the slightest bit against them. We're very excited about the challenge."

Georgia's Hunt Seaters will be led by a quartet of riders that are serving
double duty against the Gamecocks. Michelle Morris, Carly Anthony, Grace Rogers and Abby O'Mara will ride in both Fences and Flat events. On the Western side, senior Diandra St. Hilaire will lead the Bulldog reiners into competition while the senior trio of Dana Wilson, Laura Upton and Katelyn Van Allen will headline the Horsemanship squad.

Live scoring from Saturday's meet will be available at:

Equitation over Fences:
Kacy Jenkins, Sr.
Michelle Morris, Jr.
Carly Anthony, So.
Isabel Jolicoeur, Fr.
Abby O¹Mara, Fr.
Grace Rogers, So. (Alt.)
Katie Brown, Jr. (Exh.)
Emily Van Der Walde, Fr. (Exh.)

Equitation on the Flat:
Michelle Morris, Jr.
Carly Anthony, So.
Grace Rogers, So.
Katie Hagerty, Jr.
Abby O¹Mara, Fr.
Melanie Carraway, So. (Alt.)
Caitlyn Francis, Fr. (Exh.)
Ali Sullivan, So. (Exh.)
Kelsey Thatcher, Fr. (Demo)

Western Reining:
Diandra St. Hilaire, Sr.
Becca Haaland, So.
McKenzie Lantz, Fr.
Jacklyn Hoyt, Fr.
Morgan Collins, Fr.
Hannah Dyer, Sr. (Alt.)
Ashton Paisley, Sr. (Exb.)

Western Horsemanship:
Dana Wilson, Sr.
Laura Upton, Sr.
Maria Salazar, So.
Michelle Fulcher, So.
Anna Sasser, Fr.
Ali Eidson, Jr. (Alt.)
Katelyn Van Allen, Sr. (Exh.)
Jaclyn Beckley, Fr. (Exh.)
Haley Haskins, So. (Demo)

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