THE NEXT RIDE: Madison Brayman
With the 2018-19 season officially complete, it is time for Carolina to bid farewell to eight seniors, all of whom impacted the Gamecocks’ program in their own way. The end of their collegiate careers marks the beginning of a new journey, filled with countless opportunities. The Next Ride features will spotlight the seniors and their time at South Carolina. Forever to Thee.
First up: Madison Brayman. Brayman, from Charlestown, R.I., came to Carolina after two years at New Mexico State. Showing in Equitation Over Fences and Equitation on the Flat, Brayman served as the Hunter Seat captain during the 2018-19 season.
Graduation Date, Degree, Major(s):
May 11, 2019, BA in Criminology
What was your hardest class at Carolina?
My hardest class was either Stat 110 (math is not my thing) or history 111. Two very simple classes, but they tested me.
How did you pick your major?
I picked my major after living in New Mexico for a bit and observing the corruption because of the border. I’ve also seen over the years how broken our country’s criminal justice system is. I want to help and change the broken system in so many ways.
How did the Carolina Equestrian family help you during your academic career?
My Gamecock family helped me during my academic career in more ways than I can list. They provided me with the best academic support system in the world, as well as constant encouragement and high expectations.
How did the Carolina Equestrian family help with your post-college career?
The Carolina equestrian family has helped me with my post-college career by giving me opportunities to learn how to “adult” before I actually had to go out there and “adult.” I’ve learned communication skills, leadership skills and so much more.
What competition will you remember most from your time as a Carolina Equestrian student-athlete?
My most memorable competitions as a Gamecock student-athlete was Senior Day against Delaware state. The team won, I won both of my points and was MOP on the flat, which was my last ride at One Wood Farm. But a close second was when the flat team beat Texas A&M in the quarterfinals at nationals to move on to the final round. That’s been a dream of mine for the last five years and to have it come true my senior year was unforgettable.
What’s the one phrase you’ll remember most from Coach Major/Terebesi/Sorrel?
“Tough stuff.” -Boo Major
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I’m hopefully attending grad school at USC to get my master’s degree in criminology.
What’s your advice for young riders interested in joining the Carolina Equestrian program?
If you have the opportunity to be a part of the Carolina family, TAKE IT!!! Transferring to South Carolina was the best thing that’s happened to me and I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without the equestrian team. It will be the best years of your life, I promise.