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Boo Major
Boo Major

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
17th Season

Alma Mater:
South Carolina, 1981

04/16/2014

Gamecocks Ready for 2014 NCEA National Championship in Waco

Carolina set to face Fresno State/TCU winner on Friday

04/09/2014

Boo Major Named 2014 SEC Equestrian Coach of the Year

HPC led Gamecocks to first back-to-back title run in school history

04/09/2014

Johnna Letchworth and Katherine Schmidt Named SEC Riders of the Year

Gamecock duo wins 3-of-5 major conference awards

04/08/2014

Gamecock Equestrian Recognized with Interstate Marker in Blythewood

Permament sign declares Blythewood as the home of South Carolina Equestrian

04/07/2014

Gamecock Riders Earn Eight All-SEC Team Selections for 2013-2014

Katherine Schmidt named to All-SEC Team in both equitation on the flat and over fences

03/16/2014

Equestrian at Auburn (Nov. 9, 2013)

The Gamecocks defeated Auburn, 12-6, at the Auburn University Horse Center.

03/16/2014

Equestrian at New Mexico State (2/1/14)

The Gamecocks defeated New Mexico State, 12-8, at the N.M. State Equestrian Center.

03/16/2014

Equestrian vs. Fresno State (9/27/13)

South Carolina defeated Fresno State, 17-2, to improve to 2-0 on the season.

03/15/2014

Equestrian vs. Kansas State (9/20/2013)

The Gamecocks defeated Kansas State, 15-5, in the season opener on Friday at One Wood Farm.

05/11/2012

Equestrian Team Reception with Dr. Pastides

President Dr. Harris Pastides and his wife Patricia hosted the Equestrian team for a reception (4/16/2012)

Boo Major, who has received state, regional and national recognition as a premier equestrian instructor for over 30 years, is in her 17th year as head coach of the South Carolina equestrian team. Major has instructed riders throughout the southeast and has successfully competed at the national level over the past three decades.

During her tenure at South Carolina, Major has led the Gamecocks to two NCEA Overall Championships (2005, 2007), three consecutive NCEA Hunter Seat National Championships (2005, 2006, 2007), one Southern Equestrian Championship (2012), and one SEC Championship (2013). After the Gamecocks upset No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Auburn to win the inaugural SEC Championships in 2013, Major was voted SEC Coach of the Year.

In the first seven years of coaching at USC, Major took 22 riders to compete as individuals to IHSA Nationals. Major coached the Zone 5 Region 2 High Point Hunt Seat rider fives times, including 2004 National Champion Tara Brothers. At the 2004 IHSA Nationals, Major received the Cacchione Cup/USEF Coach's Award, given to the coach of the IHSA National Hunter Seat Champion. She coached the High Point Western Rider, Assistant Coach Ruth Sorrel, of Zone 5 Region 2 in 2000.

During her tenure, Major has coached the 2005 and 2007 overall National Equestrian Champions, three consecutive Hunter Seat National Champions (2005-2007), and the 2006 VENC Reserve Championship. The 2006-07 Hunter Seat Team went undefeated on its ride to a third consecutive national championship. In addition, Major had six riders selected to compete in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Collegiate Derby the past three years.

Major also guided the career of Kristen Terebesi who in 2008 became the first person in VENC history to win two individual national championships in a single season. Terebesi took home the titles in equitation on the flat and equitation over fences to sweep Hunter Seat honors at the 2008 VENC's.

In 2009, four Gamecocks earned national seeds to the VENC individual brackets, including Megan Massaro who earned the top equitation on the flat seed as a junior.

As a rider, Major has competed in hunter shows, eventing and dressage. She owns the Hanoverian stallion, Donnerkeil II, and is bringing along some of his offspring to compete and sell as well.

With the NCAA recognizing equestrian as an emerging varsity sport, Major has the opportunity to promote the sport at USC, to other Universities, the horse industry, the community at large and on the national level. The University of South Carolina was the first major Division I school in the nation to declare equestrian as a varsity sport and Major is proud to be associated with USC and its athletics department. For five years Major was the Chairman of the Varsity Equestrian Steering Committee. This committee has been organized to promote equestrian to other universities and to guide equestrian to becoming an NCAA championship sport. Major also served on the Legislative Committee for Varsity Equestrian and was the Head of the Varsity Equestrian Judges Task Force. She currently is the chair of the Competition Committee and is a member of the Officials Committee.

A Columbia, S.C. native, Major is a 1981 graduate of South Carolina and received her Master's degree from USC in 1990. She has taught equestrian at a number of different riding facilities across the state and coached many riders to regional and national honors. Major is also a Technical Delegate and "r" Eventing Judge with the US Equestrian Federation. She is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, US Equestrian Federation, US Hunter Jumper Association, US Eventing Association and the South Carolina Coaches Association.

Major owns and operates a small breeding farm in Blythewood, where she currently stands Donnerkeil ll. She has a 13-year old son Robert "Mac" McDow Duncan III. An avid fox-hunter, she also has dogs, cats, birds and fish as pets.

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