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Layla Choate
Layla  Choate


Murray, Ky.

High School:
Calloway County



Environmental Science


Gamecocks Host No. 1 Georgia on Friday at 2 p.m. in Blythewood

Carolina and Bulldogs meet in SEC and National Championship rematch


South Carolina Ranked No. 5 in Latest NCEA Poll

Gamecocks host No. 1 Georgia on Friday in Blythewood


South Carolina Drops Season Opener, 10-8, at Kansas State

Gamecock seniors Sam Chiodo and Katherine Schmidt earn MVP honors


Gamecocks Open Season Friday at No. 6 Kansas State

Carolina still looking for first ever win at K-State


SEC Champion Equestrian Team to be Recognized at Saturday's Football Game

Team will be signing posters and meeting fans from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the Gamecock Village


South Carolina vs. TCU (2014 NCEA Quarterfinals)

4/18/14 - No. 1 South Carolina defeated No. 9 TCU, 9-7, on Friday in Waco.


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.

2014-2015: 12-3 record in reining with three MVPs... In the season opener at Kansas State on Sept. 19, she defeated her Wildcat opponent, 70-59.5... In the Gamecocks' SEC opener vs. No. 1 Georgia on Oct. 3, she posted a team-high score, defeating her Bulldog opponent, 72.5-66.5... In the 10-9 upset win at No. 3 Auburn on Oct. 10, she improved to 3-0 on the season with a 69-67 win over her Tiger opponent... Improved to 4-0 on Oct. 31 in Carolina's win over Texas A&M, winning her point, 72.5-70.5... Won her fifth straight point of the season and her first MVP of the year on Nov. 7 in South Carolina's win at Fresno State as she knocked off her opponent, 72.5-68... Closed out the fall semester by improving to 6-0 with a 71.5-70 win at No. 8 Oklahoma State on Nov. 21... Won her seventh straight point of the season in the Gamecocks' win at No. 5 Georgia on Feb. 7 while earning her second MVP of the year with her 71-69.5 victory... Picked up a 68.5-67 win over No. 4 Auburn on Senior Day... In the regular season finale win over No. 3 Baylor, she defeated her opponent, 70-68.5... Competed at the SEC Championship... Was the only Gamecock to earn an MVP at the 2015 SEC Championship, earning the honor in the semifinal round against Texas A&M with a 143-140.5 win over her Aggie opponent... Competed at the NCEA National Championship... In the semifinal win over No. 2 Baylor, she cruised to a 140.5-137 win over her opponent... In the national championship meet against No. 1 Georgia, she beat her Bulldog opponent, 137.5-135.5.

2013-2014: Led the reining team with a 13-4-1 record with two MVPs... 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... Opened the spring with a 68-66.5 win at New Mexico State on Feb. 1... Held her Texas A&M opponent to a 66-66 tie on Feb. 22... In the regular season finale at UT-Martin on March 8, she picked up a 68.5-64.5 win over her Skyhawk opponent... In the SEC semifinal victory over Texas A&M on March 28, she cruised to a 137-134.5 win... Went undefeated with a 3-0 record at the NCEA National Championship in Waco, Texas... Picked up a 142.5-141 win over TCU in the quarterfinals... Earned a 143.5-141.5 win over Auburn in the semifinals... In the national championship meet against Georgia, she defeated her Bulldog opponent, 139-135.5... Third-year letter winner... Voted "Reining MVP" at the team banquet.

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 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 Tie SEC
2014-15 Reining 15 3 12 3 0 5-1
2013-14 Reining 18 2 13 4 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 65 9 42 17 6 5-1

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