Gamecocks Hit the Road for Three Meets
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina equestrian team heads to Virginia for three competitions in two days. The No. 6 Gamecocks first take on Sweet Briar in a Hunter Seat only meet, then see Lynchburg in a neutral-site Hunter Seat exhibition on Friday. Saturday, Carolina competes at Liberty for a full exhibition.
South Carolina (1-3, 1-2 SEC) heads into the meets after having a bye week and fall break. Sophomore Tyler Petrie leads the Gamecocks with an overall record of 3-1 in her event, Equitation Over Fences. The Medina, Ohio, native is undefeated in SEC rides, defeating opponents from No. 1 Auburn, No. 2 Georgia and No. 2 Texas A&M.
“We haven’t been on the road since Auburn way back in September,” head coach Boo Major said. “When you have three meets in two days, it’s a bit of a challenge, but not something we’re unable to do. We’re lucky that we’re going to Virginia and to Sweet Briar College for the first time, which is really fun. We’re excited about them hosting us.”
Friday’s competition at the Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center marks the first time South Carolina has competed against Sweet Briar in program history. This season, the Vixens are 0-4 after facing No. 6 SMU (3-6), No. 8 Delaware State (4-5), South Dakota State (3-6) and UT Martin (3-6). Carolina and Sweet Briar are set to compete at 10 a.m.
Lynchburg, an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team, started its season scoring two points in Equitation Over Fences against SMU. The Lynchburg meet will begin directly after South Carolina and Sweet Briar conclude the Hunter Seat competition.
“I think it’s going to be a fun weekend for us,” Major said. “It’s going to be a great time for us to see where we are. We’re going to be competing a ton of riders this weekend. It’s going to be a great weekend of competing.”
On Saturday, the Gamecocks take on Liberty’s IHSA team in Lynchburg at 10 a.m. During the 2017-18 season, Liberty was named the IHSA Regional Champion Hunter Seat Team, IHSA Regional Cacchione Cup Champion, Tournament of Champions Hunter Seat Medal Champion, IHSA Regional Reserve Champion Hunter Seat Team, Four Zone 4 Region 4 Regional Champions, and IHSA Regional Third Place Western Team.