April 20, 2017
ATHENS, Georgia --- Georgia equestrian head coach Meghan Boenig has announced the addition of six riders to the 2017-18 signing class.
The signed riders join the eight riders who previously made their commitment to the University of Georgia official in November. These signees complete the freshman class of 14 making their way onto the 2017-18 Georgia equestrian roster.
The signees include Hannah Bader of Robert, Louisiana, Samantha Gastelum of Coto de Cazi, California, Hayley Hall of Newhall, California, Mary Katherine Hargraves of Alpharetta, Georgia, Alyssa Luckhardt of Saline, Michigan, and Molly Moden of WaKenney, Kansas.
“What an exciting spring signing class,” Boenig said. “From leadership in the arena to the classroom, these future Bulldogs will bring talent and passion to the team. We know they will be big contributors to the success of the Georgia family and we can’t wait to get them started.”
Hannah Bader | Western | Robert, Louisiana
Bader signs with Georgia after being named the 2016 Level 1 Grand Champion in Youth Western Pleasure. She also has twenty-six state-wide Grand and Reserve Champion titles throughout Mississippi and Louisiana in events ranging from Halter, Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, and Trail.
Samantha Gastelum | Hunt Seat | Coto de Cazi, California
Gastelum comes to Georgia after participating in every major medal final and showing nine different horses in 2016. She placed in the top-10 of the USEF Talent Search Finals after scoring an 89 in the Jumping Phase, and was awarded the Reserve Championship in the CPHA Jr. Medal Final, in addition to placing in the top-5 in the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Challenge in HITS Thermal.
Hayley Hall | Hunt Seat | Newhall, California
Hall will arrive in Athens with nine years of riding experience under her belt. She has finished 10th at the Maclay Regionals and was the champion of the SFHJA 17&under Medal.
Mary Katherine Hargraves | Hunt Seat | Alpharetta, Georgia
Hargraves comes to UGA as the 2014 GHJA Jumper of the Year, and the 2015 Low Junior/Amateur Ocala Circuit Reserve Champion after bringing up three jumpers to the High Juniors starting at a young age.
Alyssa Luckhardt | Western | Saline, Michigan
Luckhardt joins the UGA roster after spending one season on the equestrian team at New Mexico State. In their final season as a varsity sport, the Aggies rode to a 5-7 record, before falling to Fresno State in the first round of the 2017 NCEA National Championship. Luckhardt served as a demo rider during the championship.
Molly Moden | Western | WaKeeney, Kansas
Moden comes to Georgia with multiple top-10 finishes at Congress. She finished ninth, 11th, and 13th at the 2016 NSBA World Championship Show in Western Riding, Horsemanship, and Showmanship, respectively. She also finished in the top-10 of the AQHA Youth Year End Points for Trail and Western Riding.