Georgia Equestrian Opens New Clubhouse
SOURCE: GEORGIA SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS
The six-time national champion University of Georgia equestrian program opened its new state of the art Clubhouse located at the UGA Equestrian Complex on Wednesday.
The $3.1 million project features an approximately 7,000 square foot facility containing a locker room, offices, team meeting space, sports medicine room, and laundry facility.
UGA President Jere W. Morehead, and J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity were in attendance at the grand opening and head equestrian coach Meghan Boenig made remarks.
“Standing here today in front of our beautiful, brand new clubhouse, I can really think of only one thing and that is gratitude,” Boenig said. “The University of Georgia has embraced equestrian from day one as a program committed to both academic and athletic excellence. The University of Georgia has transformed our sport, how female athletes are empowered and how even our equine athletes are cared for and trained. Georgia’s commitment to providing opportunities for women is extraordinary. This is a physical manifestation of that support that each of us knows is a small part of the Georgia family that makes everything possible.”
The UGA Equestrian Complex is located in Bishop, approximately 12 miles south of the UGA campus. The 109-acre farm offers UGA’s equestrian program the finest equine accommodations. Other features of the complex include a 24 stall barn, four practice and competition arenas, including a covered arena, and a six-horse Priefert panel walker, among other things.
Boenig continued her remarks thanking those who made the new clubhouse possible.
“To those who dreamed of the sport first being an emerging NCAA sport and being at UGA, I thank you,” Boenig continued. “To our first administrator, I thank you. To even our first booster president and our first recruit ever. To our president, Jere W. Morehead, thank you for supporting us. To our athletic director, our donors, our board, our neighbors, our Bishop community, our architects, our contractors, our facility departments, our support staff, and family who have made this all possible and a dream come true. We have been provided much and it is our responsibility to cherish this gift. And importantly, to also give back. Today, it’s the pride we show. Tomorrow, it’s the support we will provide. Always and everyday it’s the loyalty we display.”
“As a senior, I am really able to see the girls who came before me that helped the program where it is today and set us up to be able to receive this beautiful new facility from the Athletic Association,” captain Ali Tritschler said. “Now, I get to use it this season and then get to see so many new girls come through and have the wonderful experience of being a Georgia equestrian.”
“It’s amazing,” sophomore Miller Lantis said. “This is a beautiful new facility. We are so grateful. This is a big step for our team and the whole sport of equestrian. The locker room is my favorite. We each have our own space. We are spoiled with this facility.
The equestrian team opened its season with a win over South Carolina and moved up one spot to No. 2 in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association rankings. The Bulldogs will be back in action on Oct. 25 when the Aggies of Texas A&M come to the UGA Equestrian Complex and again on Oct. 26 against Southern Methodist University.