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Nov. 3, 2007

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BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. – The South Carolina equestrian team beat Georgia 11 -7 Saturday at One Wood Farm in the fall season finale. Kristen Terebesi won MVP honors in equitation over fences for South Carolina. The Gamecocks finish the fall season at 3-3 overall. They hold a 4-2 record in the Hunter Seat and 2-4 record in the Western division.

“We rode extremely well even though we had a few mistakes here and there. We ended up with a quality win,” head coach Boo Duncan said.

The Hunter Seat team defeated Georgia 5-3, led by a 3-1 victory in equitation over fences that was reminiscent of Carolina’s victory against Georgia last season to win the national championship. Terebesi, Nicole Bourgeois and LIndsey Pace all earned wins in that victory and repeated their success Saturday with Terebesi claiming MVP honors in an 88-67 victory. The wins were the second of the season for both Bourgeois (81-72) and Pace (79-78), and the MVP honor was the third of the year for Terebesi.

“She had great jumps and deserved the MVP,” Duncan said of Terebesi.

In equitation on the flat, the teams rode to a 2-2 draw with Terebesi tying a career-best in a 90-69 victory. Alex Haskell also recorded a win for the Gamecocks.

The Western team took Georgia by surprise and won 6-4. Georgia won MVP honors in horsemanship and reining, but Carolina came out on top with wins by Amy Biffle, Katy Biffle, Allison Bradley, Chloe Gray and Lindsay Williams. It marked the second time in the past two weeks that Bradley won two rides on the same day as she recorded a 71-65 victory in horsemanship and 69.5-65.5 victory in reining. Williams earned her first win of the season in reining in the last ride of the day to help Carolina win both Western events 3-2.

“It was a great win today,” Duncan said. “We want to congratulate Georgia. They definitely have a strong team.”

The Gamecocks and Lady Bulldogs met twice during the 2006-2007 regular season with Georgia taking a 6-9 victory in Athens in the fall. The Gamecocks retaliated in the spring, claiming a 15-4 victory at One Wood Farm.

Seniors Lisa Bourbonniere and Ciara Stuart celebrated their last victory with the Gamecocks. Bourbonniere and Stuart will be graduating in December and will not participate in the spring season. During their tenure, they were members of two national championship teams.

South Carolina and Georgia will meet again in the spring season Feb. 23 at Athens. The South Carolina Equestrian Team will pick up their spring season Feb. 2, 2008 against New Mexico State at One Wood Farm in Blythewood, S.C.