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    Equestrian Coaches Talk About Joining The SEC

    By: Sean Cartell
    Twitter: @SEC_Sean
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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference announced earlier this summer that it will be adding a championship for the sport of equestrian effective for the 2012-13 academic year. Four SEC schools currently sponsor equestrian – Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas A&M.
    Here’s what each of the SEC’s four equestrian head coaches had to say about its addition as the SEC’s 21st sport:
    Auburn Head Coach Greg Williams
    “Having the support of the SEC is another major step for the sport of equestrian. I am proud to see a traditional sport that I have loved so much, embraced by the greatest athletic conference.”

    Georgia Head Coach Meghan Boenig
    “We are so excited to have the SEC sponsor equestrian as a sport. We are confident this sponsorship will allow the sport to grow not only in the SEC, but throughout the country. We are ecstatic to welcome Texas A&M into the league as the fourth school to have a varsity equestrian program. The addition of the Aggies adds to the strength of an already strong schedule among SEC schools.”
    South Carolina Head Coach Boo Major
    “This is not only a special day for all of our teams, but this is a very big day for the sport of equestrian. There have been a lot of people who have worked tirelessly for years to help us reach this goal. All of our coaches, administrators, and supporters have been great to work with and we are excited to see our sport reach this milestone. I personally want to thank our athletic director Eric Hyman for his leadership and to our President Dr. Pastides who has been a tremendous supporter of our team. I also want to thank all of the conference presidents and athletic directors, as well as Commissioner Slive and his staff for their work on this. South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia, and Texas A&M are the only schools that have won the overall national championship in collegiate equestrian, and I have no doubt that all of these schools will represent the Southeastern Conference in a first class manner for many years to come.”
    Texas A&M Head Coach Tana McKay
    “We are very excited that the SEC will be adding a conference championship for equestrian. This is a great opportunity to showcase our sport and our athletes.  We are really looking forward to working with the SEC.”