On Oct. 20, 2018, the University of Georgia equestrian team took on the Oklahoma State University cowgirls at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Georgia. The morning began with abysmal weather as a cold rain poured on the event throughout the preparations for the meet and the first events. Despite the poor conditions, the Bulldogs crushed their opponents in a 13-6 victory in all events.
There are 4 events in equestrian meets: equitation on the flat, equitation over fences, horsemanship, and reining. Riders in each event compete on preselected horses; each team must compete on the same horses. Horses are selected from the home team. Each rider receives a score for their performance on the horse. After both riders have ridden the same horse, their scores are compared. Whoever has the highest score receives points. The riders are judged on a variety of elements including their posture and handling of the horse.
In equitation on the flat the Dawgs went 4-0, in equitation over fences 3-2, horsemanship 3-2, and in reining 3-2. This meet was the second meet in the regular season and the first home meet for the Dawgs. The Dawgs are back at home for their next meet on Nov. 9th against rival team Auburn University.
Check out a combined gallery of my photos along with Kate Skeean’s photos by clicking the link in the title of this post. This was my first time covering equestrian; Kate is well versed in the sport. Below I’ve included one of my personal favorites from my coverage of the event.