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Aug. 23, 2005

The South Carolina Equestrian team has added seven riders for the upcoming season. Courtney Reese, LIndsey Pace, Sarah Stephens and Lisa Bourbonierre have signed as Hunt Seat riders. Rebekah Roof signed as a Western Eqestrian. Mary Boyd and Stacy Cell were added to the roster as walk-ons. Boyd is a Hunter Seat competitor and Cell is Western.

Courtney Reese is from Tryon, N.C. She was the 2001 USEF National Pony Medal Champion. She was the Circuit Champion in Large Pony Division in North Carolina in 2001 and 2001. Reese was also a Maclay Regional Qualifier in 2003 and 2004.

LIndsey Pace who is from Camden, S. C. is bringing a tremendous amount of success to the team as well. She was the 1999 Blue Ridge Hunter Jumper Medal Finals Winner, the 2000 SCHJA Palmetto Medal Final Winner and the 2002 SCHJA Governor’s Cup Medal Final Winner. In 2002 and 2003 she qualified and competed in USEF Medal Finals. Pace was a Maclay Qualifier in 2003 and 2004. She also qualified horses in 2001, 2002 and 2004 National Junior Hunter Finals.”

Sarah Stephens is bringing a great deal of experience in the show ring from Chalfont, Pa. In 2000, 2001, and 2002 she was the Zone 2 Reserve champion in Large Pony Division. She was the Pennsylvania Horse Show Association Champion in Large Pony division in 2001. She was the 1999, 2000 and 2002 EPPHA Champion in the Large Pony division. Stephens is the winner of the 2003 Emerson Burr Horsemanship Award. She also had top ten finishes at Pony Finals in 2001 and 2002.

Lisa Bourbonniere is joining the team from Unionville, Ontario. She is a transfer from the University of Western Ontario. She had top 10 finishes in the Canadian Medal Finals in 2002 and 2003. She was the 2003 Junior Hunter Ontario Zone Champion, and the winner of Ontario Zone Canadian Medal Finals. Bourbonierre was also the 2003 Champion in the Junior Hunter Division at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario.

Margie Boyd is also from Camden, S.C. She is currently competing in dressage as a Young Rider in Prix St. George. She is active in 4-H and served as president for two years. In 2003 she was named the 4-H’er of the year. She was the 2004 4-H State Hippology winner. In 2003 Boyd was also State 4-H winner in horse judging and Regional 4-H High score dressage winner.

Rebekah Roof is from Lexington, S.C. She was a past president of the S.C. Quarter Horse Youth Association as well as a past president of FFA Chapter. She was a three time qualifier for Quarter Horse Youth World Show. Roof also had top 10 finishes in reigning at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Stacy Cell comes to USC from Painesville, Ohio where she was the captain of the North Coast Equestrian Team. In 2005 she had a third place finish at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Nationals.