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Nov. 3, 2011

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November 3, 2011
Coach Major

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The fourth-ranked South Carolina equestrian team will host No. 3 Georgia in the Gamecocks final competition of the fall semester on Friday at 1 p.m. Friday’s competition against the Bulldogs will be held at One Wood Farm in Blythewood, and admission is free.

“We’re looking forward to facing Georgia on Friday, they are a great team and we’ve always had a strong rivalry with them,” South Carolina head coach Boo Major said. “Even in our two losses, I’ve been very pleased with our rides this season and I feel like we’ll be well-prepared.”

Two South Carolina Horsemanship riders boast perfect 4-0 records. Sophomores Alison Ceresani and Johnna Letchworth are both perfect through four competitions this season.

Ceresani competed in her first career match on Sept. 23 against Fresno State, and has made the most of her opportunities, going 4-0 this season. The Horsemanship team has some depth between veteran riders and younger riders, but Ceresani has cemented her place in the lineup for the foreseeable future.

Kimberly McCormack and Catherine Schmidt have competed regularly in both Hunt Seat events this season. Schmidt is 6-2 overall this season, with all six wins coming in three competitions in which she went 2-for-2. She went 2-for-2 against Fresno State, TCU, and at New Mexico State. McCormack is currently 8-1 this season, with six of her wins coming in 2-for-2 performances against Fresno State, TCU, and at Auburn.

Heading into the competition at New Mexico State on Oct. 29, Johnna Letchworth had won 13 straight regular season points dating back to the 2010-2011 season. She extended her streak to 14 with a 74.5-74 win against the Aggies.

Heading into last Friday’s match at SMU, Kimberly McCormack had won six consecutive points in Hunt Seat action. She went 2-for-2 against Fresno State (Sept. 23), TCU (Sept. 30), and at Auburn (Oct. 8). She picked up her seventh consecutive point with a 65-61 win in Equitation on the Flat in the first half of the competition against the Mustangs, but dropped her point in Equitation on the Flat.

Since returning to the Gamecock lineup on Oct. 8 at Auburn, Audrey Jewell is 2-0 in Reining. Both of her wins this season have come on the road, which is a repeat of the beginning of her 2010-2011 season. Last year, she opened the season with two straight road wins, a 72.5-71.5 victory at Georgia on Oct. 23, 2010 followed by a 71-69 win at Kansas State on Oct. 29, 2010.

The Gamecocks earned two points from Columbia-area riders at New Mexico State on Oct. 29. Logan Holler picked up a 73-72 win in Equitation on the Flat, and freshman Cody McMillion scored a victory in Reining, marking the first time that has happened since the 2009-2010 season. When the Gamecocks hosted Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 6, 2009, Holler, then a freshman, earned a 67-66 win in Equitation Over Fences while Lydia Roof picked up a win in Reining.


Take I-77 N. to Exit 27, which is Blythewood Road. Turn left and cross back over I-77 and pass Cobblestone Park. Approximately half-a-mile after Cobblestone turn right for 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.