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Aug. 7, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina equestrian coach Boo Major on Friday announced the signing of hunt seat rider Hanna Powers (Potomac Falls, Va./The Madeira School) to a National Letter of Intent to join the Gamecocks for the 2015-16 season.

“Hanna is a go-getter and someone who has been very successful in the show ring,” Major said. “She’ll be able to help us out over fences and on the flat, and I think she’s going to have the opportunity to make an impact on this team.”

Powers trains with Marylisa Leffler and Patty Foster.

Earlier this year, Powers was the winner of the Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic at the Lexington Spring Premier. Last year, she won the Individual and Team Gold at the USHJA Regional Children’s Jumper Championship. At the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival, she was the grand champion in the 15-17 equitation division.

Powers was also the captain of The Madeira School IEA team from 2013-2015, earning the high point team rider awards in 2013 and 2015. In 2012, she was named Youth Ambassador for the Washington International Horse Show.

Powers served as an intern in the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Senator John McCain from 2013-2014

Her parents are Paul and Leslie Powers. She has two siblings – Hunter Powers and Layne Powers Barker.