South Carolina Wins Varsity Equestrian Title

The University of South Carolina equestrian team won the Varsity Equestrian Championship in Santa Fe, N.M., on April 16. Two-time defending champion Georgia finished second.
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The University of South Carolina equestrian team won the Varsity Equestrian Championship in Santa Fe, N.M., on April 16. Two-time defending champion Georgia finished second.

April 25, 2005 -- Winning the Hunt Seat Division with 40 points, the University of South Carolina's equestrian team clinched its first national title April 16 in Varsity Equestrian. Overall, South Carolina tallied 60 points to second place University of Georgia's 51 points (the two-time defending champion). Texas A & M University finished third and Oklahoma State University finished fourth.


South Carolina's first place finish in the Hunt Seat discipline (40 points) and its fifth place finish in the Western discipline (20 points) clinched the title for the Gamecocks. Competing in equestrian since 1997, it is the school's first national title in Varsity Equestrian.


The championship was held at The Santa Fe Horse Park in New Mexico's premier multi-discipline equestrian facility located on the southwest side of Santa Fe.


"This has been an interesting year," said South Carolina Head Equestrian Coach Boo Major. "We came here thinking we could win the title if things went right and after we competed so well [earlier], I thought 'We might just be able to do this.'"


"This has been within the team's grasp all year. But all the ladies needed to show up at the same time at the same competition and they did that. They rode the best they could have ridden," said Major. "It was a tough competition and one where everyone really competed to the best of their ability. Individually, Kristen Terebesi won both her sections in hunt seat and that was a real highlight for us. Tara Brothers efforts were a real plus. On the Western side Allison Bradley shined in winning her Horsemanship section."


--University of South Carolina Athletics


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