– The National Collegiate Equestrian Association announced the October Signature Academics Standout Athlete of the Month and the Farnam Horse of the month on Monday.
Farnam Horse of the Month
This highlight is focused towards an outstanding horse, not just one that gets high score every meet or an “MOP horse” but one that shows heart and represents the values of its respective school.
Name of Horse (Barn & Show Name):
Pajama Party aka “PJ”
Jumping Seat, Flat and Fences
On loan from the Blake Family (Bedford, NH)
MOP Horse against SUNY New Paltz (77), Sweet Briar College (82), & U of Lynchburg (83).
PJ is the definition of a great team horse. He has been the MOP horse three times this semester and numerous times last year. His MOP scores this semester were 83, 82, & 77. But he is outstanding not just for his competition scores and MOP awards, as he is the sweetest most patient horse in the barn, who gives beginner and intermediate riding lessons for walk-on student athletes who are new to riding. We are successful in and out of the ring because of PJ. The opportunities he gives to student athletes whether in the practice or competition arena are invaluable- he always gives his all for us. We are so thankful that the Blake Family loans him to us for the school year and we anxiously await his arrival every Fall because he is a barn favorite!
Signature Academics Standout Athlete of the Month
Every month the NCEA recognizes student-athletes for their accomplishments in the ring, however the NCEA would like to highlight athletes on their outstanding performances outside of the ring, including academics, philanthropy, outstanding attitude, and embodiment of an ideal teammate.
Name of Athlete:
School & Year:
South Carolina, Senior
Hometown & Major:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Sport Management (cumulative GPA 3.458)
- Senior officer for this year’s South Carolina Student Athlete Advisory Committee
- South Carolina Student Athlete of the Month for September
- Represented the University of South Carolina at the Tiger Leadership Summit in July
- Selected as the SEC female student athlete representative at the Women Leaders in College Sports conference in October
- Sits on the University Athletic Advisory Committee representing student athletes
- Selected to be in the LEAD cohort representing student athletes on campus
- Part of the South Carolina gala planning committee
- Completed the Beyond Sports Internship and became sports verified
Maddie represents the true meaning of team player. Although she is not a starter, she is always one to help prepare riders and horses for our home meets. She has been known to band 5 and 6 horsemanship horses before a meet with no complaints.
She likes to organize groups to do local community service projects like our Families Helping Families Christmas Project, Transitions Meals, Meals on Wheels, pet Fostering and many other local volunteer activities.
Maddie also spent time with her teammates putting in water purifying systems in Haiti during winter break with a program called “Filters of Hope.” Along with being selected to participate in our Athletics department’s “Beyond Sports” Internship this summer, Maddie also volunteered to help the equestrian office when we were without an administrative assistant and a western coach and I was out of town. She helped with many of our orders that had already been placed and assisted with contacting judges and stewards all on a voluntary basis.
Maddie always has a good attitude and is a problem solver. She has been an integral part of our team for four years but has really come into her own this past year and summer setting her up for much success with SAAC, the team, her coaches and the community for her final year with us. Though she hasn’t ridden much in competition, she’s had tons of exhibition and demo rides, while always serving as a scribe during home events. Her presence helps ensure that things run smoothly in the western barn during home events, and the rest of the team look to her as a leader because of the respect she’s earned.