University of Georgia Wins NCEA Championship

In a nail-biting finish, the Georgia Bulldogs clinch the 2014 National Collegiate Equestrian Association title.

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The University of Georgia ended its season with an overall record of 11-4. (Credit: Journal photo)

The University of Georgia women's equestrian team brought home the 2014 National Collegiate Equestrian Association national championship when it defeated Southeastern Conference foe the University of South Carolina in an 8-8 (2,323.5-2,219 raw points) in a rematch of the SEC Championship on Saturday, April 19, at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. It was the program's sixth national title and the first since 2010. Georgia ends its season with an overall record of 11-4.

"What an exciting day this was for our entire team," head coach Meghan Boenig said. "I could not be more proud of how these riders performed, especially in pressure situations. For the first time, this competition has been about the entire team and we had outstanding efforts from every single person on the team today. This is a `hunker down' group that has competed to the very last point in every single ride in every single meet this season. They have never given up and I am so proud of them for that."

Taking home MOP honors for the Bulldogs were McKenzie Lantz (reining) and Liza Finsness (equitation on the flat).

After jumping out to a 3-1 lead in equitation on the flat, the Bulldogs needed a clutch performance by its reiners, which it got, as the squad posted a 3-1 win over the Gamecocks, sealing the national championship for the Bulldogs.