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Feb. 25, 2006

ATHENS, Ga. – South Carolina equestrian suffered a disappointing loss Saturday as the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Gamecocks 1246-1231. USC took victories in equitation and reining but it was not enough to capture the overall win. Senior Tara Brothers was the only Gamecock to win both of her competitions.

“It was a disappointing loss for us, but as a whole, the team rode well and the scores were close, it just wasn’t enough,” said head coach Boo Duncan. “We just didn’t have enough in over fences and horsemanship to come out on top. UGA is a strong team and we look forward to seeing them at the SEC Championships in April.”

UGA won the English division 669-664. USC defeated the Bulldogs by three points, 329-326 in equitation but UGA won over fences 343-335. USC picked up five wins in the two categories. Brothers defeated Megan Richardson 85-84 in over fences and Michelle Blair 82-76 in equitation. Kristen Terebesi defeated Rachel Bekowitz 84-75 and to round out equitation, Kelley Campbell defeated Kelly Bonau 81-77 while Sarah Lowe won 83-80 over Logan Fiorentino.

On the western side, USC lost by ten points overall, 577-567. The Gamecocks fell in horsemanship 308.5-294.5 but won in reining, 272.5-268.5. In horsemanship, Allison Bradley defeated Catherine Pennington 76-70.5 and Cortney Borton tied Dana Kennedy 75-75. In reining, the Gamecocks made a strong comeback with a tie and two wins, but it wasn’t enough to propel USC into the lead. Katie Biffle tied Carly Veldman 71-71, while Rachel Sternoff won by default 66-0 to the DQ of Anna Hichborn. Laura Pipkin was USC’s third winner as she defeated Megan Darby 63-58.

Results:>br> Georgia (1246) def. South Carolina (1231) (Lowest score dropped in each event.)
Georgia (669) def. South Carolina (664)
Equitation over Fences
Georgia (343) def. South Carolina (335) Logan Fiorentino (86) def. LIndsey Pace (83) on Bubba Byerly Vaughn (89) def. Kelley Campbell (83) on Tupelo Megan Richardson (84) lost vs. Tara Brothers (85) on John E Leigh Harper (84) def. Lisa Bourbonniere (83) on Josie Rachel Berkowitz (75) lost vs. Kristen Terebesi (84) on Blue Kelley Cowperthwait (82) lost vs. Courtney Reese (83) in exhibition on Orlando
Georgia (326) lost vs. South Carolina (329) Rachel Berkowitz (85) def. Kristen Terebesi (81) on Orlando Michelle Blair (76) lost vs. Tara Brothers (82) on Spirit Kelly Bonau (77) lost vs. Kelley Campbell (81) on Geyser Cordy Allsopp (84) def. Carly Johns (83) on Sabrina Logan Fiorentino (80) lost vs. Sarah Lowe (83) on Oscar Cherie Rector (79) def. Claire Sharp (72) in exhibition on Corey
Georgia (577) def. South Carolina (567)
Georgia (308.5) def. South Carolina (294.5) Kari Ellingson (78.5) def. Rachel Sternoff (69.5) on Artie Catherine Pennington (70.5) lost vs. Allison Bradley (76) on Copper Carly Veldman (80.5) def. Katy Biffle (72) on Miss Annie Ashley Slocumb (74.5) def. Michelle Grah (71.5) on OJ Dana Kennedy (75) tied Courtney Borton (75) on Sammy Sarah Dunsmore (64.5) lost vs. Katie Grossnickle in exhibition on Knick
Georgia (268.5) lost vs. South Carolina (272.5) Carly Veldman (71) tied Katie Biffle (71) on Freejac Kate Stewart (70) def. Lindsay Williams (69.5) on Swede Anna Hichborn (DQ) lost vs. Rachel Sternoff (66) on Cowboy Megan Darby (58) lost vs. Laura Pipkin (63) on Whiz Sarah Meier (69.5) def. Rebekah Roof (66) on Woody Jessica Bailey (68) def. Jamie Diamond (64) in exhibition on Ash