Felton, Del. (Nov. 17, 2017) ---Delaware State upset the nation’s top collegiate equestrian team on the Flat, but fell short to Georgia in the team standings at the Dovington Training Center today.
Georgia, No. 1 in this week’s National Collegiate Equestrian Association top 10 poll, won the contest by a 13-7 score. The Bulldogs bested the Hornets 6-4 in the Hunter Seat competition and 7-3 in the Western rides. UGA won 1473-1416 in the raw scoring.
The highlight of the competition for DSU was the performance of its Equitation on the Flat riders. The Hornets won three of the five rides, led by freshman Erin Gordon (Highlands Ranch, Co.) who topped the team with a winning score of 78 aboard “Finnegan.”
Hayley Anderson (sr.; Ne Boston, N.H.) also earned a point for the Hornets on the Flat, riding “Mick” to a score of 75.
Molly Gara (so.; Chicago, Ill.), riding on “Lophius,” captured Delaware State’s third point on the Flat with 73.
DSU’s Zoe Kirsch (fr.; Pittstown, N.J.) posted a solid mark of 76 aboard “PJ,” but Georgia’s Maddy Darst was better, tallying 80 points to win Most Outstanding Performer on the Flat.
In the Western competition, Delaware State’s Cheyenne Adams (sr.; Wapato, Wash.) was MOP in Horsemanship, topping all riders with score of 74.5 on “Mick.”
Adams also picked up a win in Reigning, tallying 70 points on “Wizzy.”
DSU’s Monica Ellis was also victorious in Reigning, scoring 58.5 points aboard “Holly.”
Emily Nelson (sr.; Glenville, Pa.) earned a win for the Hornets in Fences with a score of 75 (“Indy”).