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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina equestrian head coach Boo Major has announced the addition of Nina Columbia to the Gamecocks’ Hunter Seat team as a part of the 2019 signing class.
Columbia joins Carolina from Kinnelon, N.J., where she is currently a senior at Kinnelon High School. Columbia’s family has athletic genes with her father, John, playing at linebacker for East Carolina University. Her Uncle Pete was also an athlete, running track at Rutgers.
Equestrian Accomplishments
Columbia trains at Beacon Hill with Stacia Madden. She was Reserve Champion in the 16-year-old Equitation Capital Challenge. Columbia has been champion at multiple events, including WEF, Lake Placid, the Hampton Classic and Old Salem. She also placed 11th at Medal Finals this year. Columbia also finished 8th at the USET Finals on the East Coast.
At Carolina
Once at South Carolina, Columbia will compete on the Hunter Seat team with assistant coach Kristen Terebesi. Columbia intends to major in International Sales.
Head coach Boo Major
On Nina Columbia joining the program:
“Nina committed to us well over a year ago so we have been waiting and waiting and waiting for her to sign. It’s a great time for us to be able to announce her signing. Nina is just getting better and better at riding. Coach Terebesi and I have really enjoyed watching her ride this year. She continues to improve and frankly, 2018, has been a fantastic year for her.”
On what Major sees from Columbia:
“Nina is going to definitely have an impact immediately for us when she comes in. We’re very excited to have her on board and can’t wait for her to get here.”
Nina Columbia
On choosing South Carolina:
“I love the South Carolina equestrian team and coaches. The business school is also one of the best. I have been following South Carolina equestrian since the sixth grade and am thrilled to be a Gamecock.”