ATHENS, Ga. – Local North Fulton riders were part of the University of Georgia’s women’s equestrian team who provided fans with a sneak peek of the 2013-2014 squad at the annual Red and Black Scrimmage at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga., on Sept. 20. Newly signed riders Madison Beasley (western) and Abby Brown (hunt seat) of Alpharetta and Milton’s Jane Sutcliff (western) took to the ring in preparation for the season opener with Fresno State in Athens on Sept. 29 and the Mane Dawgs’ visit to rival University of South Carolina in October.
Sutcliff was awarded the Most Outstanding Player for show in the western ring. Veteran rider Morgan Justiss, a UGA junior from Alpharetta, performed in horsemanship for the crowd and will return to the western show ring again this season.
The Bulldogs look to build on their successful 2012-13 campaign by fielding new recruits and riders who were regulars in the lineup last season. The UGA women’s equestrian team has won five national championships and three straight NCEA reserve titles. Other local riders on the team are Julia Hemmingway and Mary Hemmingway of Milton and Alyson Thomson and Jaclyn Beckley of Cumming.