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Known as the first major school in the country to sponsor the sport of Equestrian, South Carolina looks ahead to 2011-2012 as the program enters its 14th year of existence. Since its beginnings in 1997, the Gamecock equestrian program has continued to thrive and has cemented its status as an elite program with two overall national championships in 2005 and 2007. Building the foundation for an elite program, South Carolina's Hunter Seat riders also claimed Varsity Equestrian's Hunter Seat Championship for three straight years, from 2005 through 2007.
The program's first national level honor came in 2004 when standout Tara Brothers won the most coveted individual award from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), the IHSA Hunter Seat National Title, also known as the Cacchione Cup.
On April 16, 2005, the Gamecocks brought home their first national title in Varsity Equestrian as South Carolina's Hunter Seat and Western squads combined to win the title at the Santa Fe Horse Park in New Mexico.
In 2006, South Carolina finished in second-place, earning Co-Reserve Champion honors, tying Oklahoma State.
One year later, the Gamecocks again set the bar for excellence by bringing home the program's second overall National Championship in three years, while also winning its third straight Hunter Seat Championship. The 2007 Hunter Seat team went 15-0. In its best finish at Nationals, South Carolina's Western squad was named Reserve Champion, as the Horsemanship and Reining teams combined to finish in second-place.
In 2008, the individual championship tournament was created, and Gamecock Kristen Terebesi stole the show, winning both individual Hunter Seat championships. Terebesi won both the Equitation on the Flat championship and the Equitation Over Fences championship.
In 2009, five Gamecock riders earned national seeds in the individual tournament. Victoria Middleton highlighted all Gamecock riders, finishing with a reserve title in Equitation on the Flat.
In 2010, seniors Carly Babcock and Nicole Bourgeois both earned their way into the individual championships, as 2010 would be the final year of the individual tournament.
2011 saw the Gamecocks raise the bar yet again, as redshirt freshman Johnna Letchworth earned an All-America nod in Varsity Equestrian's inaugural All-American class. Letchworth led all Horsemanship riders in the country with her 11-1-1 regular season record along with four regular season MVP's. Letchworth continued to shine in the post-season, going 1-0 at the Southern Equestrian Championships and 3-1 at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships in Waco.