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Layla Choate
Layla Choate


Murray, Ky.

High School:
Calloway County



Environmental Science


Gamecocks Ready for 2014 NCEA National Championship in Waco

Carolina set to face Fresno State/TCU winner on Friday


Johnna Letchworth and Katherine Schmidt Named SEC Riders of the Year

Gamecock duo wins 3-of-5 major conference awards


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


Gamecocks Beat No. 2 Georgia to Win 2014 SEC Championship

Carolina wins second straight SEC title


South Carolina Advances to SEC Championship with 12-7 Win Over Texas A&M

Saturday's championship meet will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET


Equestrian at Auburn (Nov. 9, 2013)

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


2013 NCEA National Championships

April 18-20, 2013: The SEC Champion Gamecocks competed at the 2013 NCEA National Championships in Waco, Texas.


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

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


2012 NCEA National Championships

April 12-14, 2012 - The Gamecocks competed at the 2012 NCEA National Championships in Waco, Texas.


Equestrian Team Reception with Dr. Pastides

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

2013-2014: 7-1 record in reining with one MVP... Opened the season with 71-68.5 victory over No. 5 Kansas State on Sept. 20, while also winning her first MVP of the year... Improved to 2-0 on Sept. 27 with a 71-69.5 victory against Fresno State... Improved to 3-0 on Oct. 4 in the first road meet of the season when she defeated her Delaware State opponent, 68.5-67... Won her fourth straight point of the season on Oct. 5, with a 70-64 victory over SMU in a neutral site meet in Dover, Del... Won her team-leading fifth reining point of the season on Oct. 25 at No. 9 Texas A&M, defeating her Aggie opponent, 71.5-70... In the 12-6 win at No. 2 Auburn on Nov. 9, she knocked off her Tiger opponent, 71.5-71... In the fall finale at South Dakota State on Nov. 23, she won her second MVP of the season with a 72.5-70 win, giving her a team-leading seven reining wins during the fall.

2012-2013: 8-4-4 overall record in Reining with one MVP... 6-3-2 regular season record in Reining with one MVP... 2-1-2 postseason record... Started the season with a 73.5-71.5 victory over No. 4 Oklahoma State on Sept. 29... Improved to 2-0 on Oct. 4 with a 71.5-71 victory over No. 3 Auburn... Improved to 3-0 on Nov. 2 in the upset win at No. 1 Georgia, as she defeated her Bulldog opponent, 68.5-63... Closed out the fall with a 70-70 tie at No. 8 Baylor on Nov. 17... Began the spring semester with a 70-70 tie against her Georgia opponent on Feb. 2... Picked up her fourth point of the season on Feb. 14 at No. 2 Auburn, as she defeated her Tiger opponent, 67.5-61... Won her fifth point of the season on March 1, as she picked up a 70-69 victory over Delaware State in the home finale... Earned her sixth point and first MVP of the season on March 8 at No. 8 Kansas State, where she defeated her Wildcat opponent, 75.5-74.5... Competed at the inaugral SEC Championship, going 1-0-1... In the opening round meet vs. No. 1 Georgia, she held her Bulldog opponent to a 140-140 tie... In the SEC Championship meet vs. No. 2 Auburn, she picked up a 139.5-135 win... Competed at NCEA Nationals, going 1-1-1... In the opening round vs. New Mexico State on April 18, she held her opponent to a 138.5-138.5 tie... In the quarterfinals vs. TCU on April 19, she picked up a 138-133 victory over her Horned Frog opponent... NCEA Academic Honorable Mention... NCEA Academic Honor Roll... Fall 2012 Athletic Director's Honor Roll... Voted Reining MVP at the team banquet... Second-year letter winner.

2011-2012: 9-6-1 regular season record with three MVP's (two regular season, one postseason)... 5-5 regular season record in Reining with two MVP's... 4-1-1 postseason record with one MVP... began her career as a Gamecock with her first win and first MVP ever as she defeated her Fresno State opponent, 74-71 on Sept. 23... Improved to 2-0 a week later when she defeated her TCU opponent, 73-65.5 on Sept. 30... Won the NRHA Youth (14-18) Reining Championship at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 8, joining Alison Bradley (2005 - Horsemanship) as the only other Gamecock to win a championship at Congress... Defeated her opponent 69-62.5 at No. 10 UT-Martin as part of a 4-1 win for the Reining team... Won her second MVP of the season on Feb. 25 as she defeated her opponent, 71-69, in 12-6 upset over No. 1 Auburn... Closed out the regular season with a win at Delaware State on March 16... Competed at the Southern Equestrian Championships, going 2-0... In the opening round victory over Auburn on March 30, she picked up a 143-137.5 victory over her opponent while being named MVP... In the Southern Equestrian Championship meet on March 31, she won her point, 141.5-138 as the Gamecocks upset No. 1 Georgia... Competed at Nationals, going 2-1-1... Went 2-for-2 on Day-1 at Nationals on April 12, as she picked up wins over Tennessee-Martin and Auburn... Held her Texas A&M opponent to a tie on April 13... First-year letter winner.

High School: 2011 - Dixi National Youth and Intermediate Non-Pro Champion... 2010 - USEF Reining National Champion... NRHA Youth Year End Top-5 (3rd). Held a 3.9 GPA during her career at Calloway County High School.

Season Event Meets MVP Win Loss Ties SEC
2013-14 Reining 12 2 8 3 1 0-0
2012-13 Reining 16 1 8 4 4 0-0
2011-12 Reining 16 3 9 6 1 n/a
Career Reining 44 6 25 13 6 0-0

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