The 2014 show season has begun! The USC Aiken Event team kicked off the season with a wonderful event at Full Gallop Farm! The show ran great! The courses were fun and the weather even warmed up a bit for us to make it a beautiful day.
We are very excited to announce that USC Aiken Eventing team has paired up with Full Gallop Farm to host a collegiate team challenge! It will take place at Full Gallop’s November event.
Meet our newest member Melissa! She is always super positive and with smile on her face! So glad she has joined us! Name: Melissa Del Tufo Year in School: Junior Major: Biology with a minor in Chemistry Hometown: Budd Lake, New Jersey Horses Names: Ode to Calliope, Jo’s Promise Breeds: Irish Draught Sporthorse, Thoroughbred Ages: 5,4 Level: Beginner Novice Where do you keep your horse/ Train with? I keep my horses on Mr. and Mrs.
Manon is one of our new freshman to join the team! Always has a smile on her face and has an amazing mother who supports our team greatly! We are so excited to have her join us in Aiken! Name: Manon Quilodran Year is school: Freshman Major: Biology, pre- vet hopeful Hometown: Poolesville Horse Name: Orison Breed: OTTB Age: 11 Level: Novice, moving up to Training Where do you keep your horse/Train with?: At Chime Bell Station with Kate Brown How did you start riding?: my best friend had a birthday party at the barn her horse was kept at, I wanted to ride immediately after and two weeks later I started at a hunter lesson barn in MD. Biggest riding accomplishment
Check out out twitter account Hannah created! https://twitter.com/USCAeventing 1) Name: Hannah Cangilla 2) Year in School: Freshman 3) Major: Business with a concentration in equine management 4) Hometown: Broomfield Colorado 5) Horse Name: Gentle Ben 6) Breed: Off the track Thoroughbred 7) Age: 12 8) Level: Training 9) Where do you board/train with?: I board my horse at Valhalla and I am a working student for Kristin Schmolze. 10) How did you start riding? I was always that little girl with horses drawn all over everything and about a million Breyer horse so when I turned 5 I started taking some lesson on an old cranky chestnut Arabian mare
Name: Alexa Hamilton Y ear in School: Senior Major: Business Administration with a concentration in management and marketing Hometown: Chapin, South Carolina Horse Name: Winston Breed: Quarter Horse Age: 12 Level: Novice Where do you keep your horse/Train with?: I keep my horse at Valhalla Equestrian Centre and I train with Julie Zapapas How did you start riding?: I danced for seven years and when I began to get bored with that my mom encouraged me to start riding and I have been riding ever since. Biggest riding accomplishment?: I feel like my biggest riding accomplishment is staying on my horse when I get on him. When we can achieve that goal I would say laying out a solid dressage test. That is my hardest phase for both me and my horse and when we can go in the sandbox and not let the pressure to be perfect get to us, there is nothing that can stop us. Biggest riding goal?: I like to set my goals from show season to show season so every season I go out and think what goal can I set that I will be able to attain this year. My goal for this season is to move my horse up to the training level and to be competitive and to be able to walk away from this show season with some homework that we need to work on in the off season to make us ready to come back even stronger then we did before
I am continuing the “Meet our Members” post! This week features Allyson Boyd! So glad to welcome Allyson to the team this year! Name: Allyson Boyd Year in school: Freshmen Major: Biology Hometown: Hardeeville, sc Horse Name: Miss Melody (Missy) Breed: Quarter horse Age: 10 Level: Novice/ Training Where do you keep your horse/Train with: Paradise Farm with Lellie Ward How did I start riding: I got a pony for my 7th birthday. Biggest riding accomplishment: Changing from a hunter to an eventer Biggest riding goal: Making it to Rolex Favorite phase in eventing: Cross country Why did you choose USC Aiken: Because of all the riding opportunities Favorite thing about eventing: There’s three phases, the matching colors, and the trust you have to have for you and your horse. What was your reason for joining the eventing team?: To meet more people like me What are your hopes to get from being on the eventing team?: To get advice from people like me to be able to get better.
On the weeks we don’t have competitions I plan to do a “Meet Our Members” post so you can get to know all of our members and today Brendan Quinn is featured! Brendan is the only boy on the team and has been a huge help to me! He is always willing to help me with getting things done for the team and takes on responsibilities. Name: Brendan Quinn Year in school: Freshman Major: Business Management Hometown: Evans, Georgia Horse Name: “The Macallan” (Mac) Breed: Thoroughbred Age: 15 Level: Preliminary/Training Where do you keep your horse/Train with?: Fairwinds Farm-Lynn Coates-Holmes How did you start riding?: My mom introduced me to it not long after I was born Biggest riding accomplishment?: Eventing Gold Medal at the Novice Level/Top 10 Junior Horse and Rider pair in US at Novice in 2010 Biggest riding goal ?: To compete at the international level for the US Favorite phase in eventing?: Cross Country Why did you choose USC Aiken?: The Aiken horse community and the opportunity to compete Favorite thing about eventing?: The bond of trust it requires between horse and rider What was your reason for joining the eventing team?: To be part of something that was helping to grow our sport What are your hopes to get from being on the eventing team ?: Experiencing what it feels like to compete in a team competition
Yesterday was the schooling horse trials at Jumping Branch Farm. Hannah, Alexa and I attended the show. Hannah and Alexa had a great first outing.