SIGNEE SPOTLIGHT: Jordan Allen
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina equestrian head coach Boo Major has announced the addition of Jordan Allen as a member of the Hunter Seat team with the Gamecocks as a part of the 2019 signing class.
Allen joins Carolina from West Bloomfield, Mich. Allen graduated from Detroit Country Day School in 2018, earning her diploma in just three years. She graduated Cum Laude and held the honor throughout her three-year high school career. Allen has spent the past year focusing on her riding.
Allen’s barn affiliation is with Ashland Farms and she has trained with Ken Smith, Emily Smith, Chrissy Kear, Michael Murphy and Kim Carey. This past year, Allen and her horse were named Grand Junior Hunter Champion at the National Horse Show. She was also named Best Child Rider on a Horse at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in both the Hunters and Equitation.
Once at South Carolina, Allen will compete on the Hunter Seat squad with assistant coach Kristen Terebesi. Allen intends to be pre-medical at South Carolina with the career goal of being an anesthesiologist.
Head coach Boo Major
On Jordan Allen’s riding history:
“One of the neat things about Jordan is, she doesn’t own a horse right now, but she has been given multiple, multiple opportunities to catch ride. That, frankly, is what riding in the NCEA is all about, is your ability to catch ride. The pinnacle of Jordan’s accomplishments was this past year at the National Horse Show. The horse she rode was named Grand Junior Hunter Champion. That is a huge, huge achievement. The interesting thing about that is that Jordan just started riding (that horse) the day before she showed it and just went in there and nailed it.”
On Allen joining the program:
“She has received many, many accolades. She is an extremely accomplished rider. She committed to us a year ago and we knew back then that she was going to do a lot of special things and she has done just that. We’re very excited. Love her parents, love her. Everybody else on the team loves her. We’re really looking forward to having her come in next year.”
On choosing South Carolina:
“I chose South Carolina for a number of reasons, the most influential to my decision being the feeling of home. The minute I arrived at both the barn and on the campus, I knew that the university of South Carolina was where I wanted to spend the next four years of my academic career studying and riding. I loved not only the riding, not only the school aspect, but both. There was not a single person I met on my visit that did not welcome me with open arms.
“I also chose USC because of their credentials in producing top medical students and professionals. I have also heard the most outstanding things about both the athletic program and the school. The last thing was the proximity to my Uncle Brian. Originally not wanting to be far from home, there could be no better situation than having a close relative within minutes of the campus, making my decision even simpler.”