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Aug 14, 2013

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August 14, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gamecock head coach Boo Major has announced the signing of South Carolina native Kara Guertin (Summerville/Pinewood Prep) to a national letter of intent for the 2013-2014 season. Guertin will ride with Carolina’s western team and will compete in reining.

“I’m excited to have Kara join us for the upcoming season,” Major said. “We had two South Carolinians graduate last season, and we’re happy to have her join Cody and Savanna as another one of our in-state kids. She’s an all-around competitor, and because of her previous experience in reining, I think that’s where we’re going to look at her for the time being.”

Guertin trained with Chad Crosby, Julie Kennedy, Angela Miller, and Carly Veldman.

Last year, Guertin finished third in varsity open horsemanship at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association national championships. At the 2011 Pinto World Championship Horse Show, she earned a top-5 finish in senior youth reining, and she was a finalist in both senior youth western pleasure and senior youth showmanship. At the 2011 IEA nationals, Guertin earned two reserve national championships in varsity intermediate individual horsemanship and varsity intermediate individual reining.

Guertin graduated from Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville earlier this summer. She earned a 3.7 GPA and was a regular on the school’s faculty honor roll. She also played soccer while at Pinewood Prep.

At South Carolina, Guertin will major in business economics/management in the Darla Moore School of Business.

Born in Goose Greek, she is the daughter of Michael and Danette Guertin.