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March 18, 2011

Coach Major

COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 6 South Carolina closes out its regular season on Saturday, when the Gamecocks host No. 10 New Mexico State at 10 a.m. Saturday’s competition will be held at One Wood Farm in Blythewood and admission is free.

Saturday also marks Senior Day for the equestrian team, as the Gamecocks will honor seniors Abbey Rohde, Chloe Gray, Alex Foster, and Hailey Thornton as their careers as student-athletes wind down.

“Senior Day is always a special day for us, maybe more so this year than some of the others,” South Carolina head coach Boo Major. “We have a small group this year, just four of them, and they have been tremendous members of this team. Not only are they all accomplished student-athletes, but Hailey, Chloe, Alex, and Abbey are also wonderful ambassadors for our program and University. They will definitely be missed.”

Saturday’s Senior Day ceremony will take place shortly before the 10 a.m. competition start time.

The Gamecocks are currently 5-8 but have a home record of 3-1 this season. New Mexico State is currently 4-6 this season.

“They’ve had some competitions similar to our’s,” Major said. “They’ve had some close losses, so this New Mexico State team is a point here and there away from being a top-5 team. They are a lot better than their record indicates.”

South Carolina will provide Live Scoring for Saturday’s competition. Fans can access the page via computer or their mobile devices by Clicking Here.

Directions to One Wood Farm: Take I-77 N. to Exit 27, which is Blythewood Road. Turn left and cross back over I-77 and pass Cobblestone Park. Then turn right on the first road on the right, which is Syrup Mill Road. One Wood Farm is the first driveway down on the left, and it will be marked by a large sign with a Gamecock logo.

South Carolina’s lineup on Saturday will be:

Equitation on the Flat
Carolyn Curcio
Paige Dekko
Kelsey Hart
Logan Holler
Emma Johnson

Equitation Over Fences
Alex Arute
Carolyn Curcio
Paige Dekko
Morgan Hale
Kimberly McCormack

Maggie Fortune
Katie Kopf
Johnna Letchworth
Kelsey Stangebye
Hailey Thornton

Melia Blakely
Chloe Gray
Audrey Jewell
Melissa Mull
Amanda Pope