HPC led Gamecocks to first back-to-back title run in school history
Major called junior
Gamecock junior 14-1-1 this season, 8-0 in equitation over fences
Equestrian coach guided Gamecocks to inaugural SEC Championship this season
Gamecocks jump Big-12 champs Oklahoma State
The Gamecocks defeated Auburn, 12-6, at the Auburn University Horse Center.
The Gamecocks defeated New Mexico State, 12-8, at the N.M. State Equestrian Center.
The Gamecocks dropped a 10-10 tiebreaker to Georgia on Friday at One Wood Farm.
The Gamecocks defeated Kansas State, 15-5, in the season opener on Friday at One Wood Farm.
President Dr. Harris Pastides and his wife Patricia hosted the Equestrian team for a reception (4/16/2012)
Carol Gwin is in her fourth season with the South Carolina Equestrian team. She was hired prior to the 2010-2011 season.
Gwin serves as the Hunter Seat coach for the two-time overall NCEA national championship team. She will oversee a Hunter Seat team that won the national championship three times from 2005-2007. The Gamecocks finished in third place overall at the 2010 Varsity Equestrian National Championships in Waco, Texas in April. South Carolina's Western and Hunter Seat teams finished third in their brackets, respectively.
A 1996 graduate of Mary Washington College, Coach Gwin has been involved in collegiate equestrian for most of her life. She worked at Sweet Briar College from 1996-2000 as a riding instructor and head of the college's intercollegiate team before returning to Blacksburg, Va. to set up her own boarding and lesson business at Walnut Spring Stables.
Coach Gwin also coached the Radford University Equestrian team for seven years at Walnut Spring Stables. In the past 15 years, Coach Gwin has trained numerous student-athletes to local and national titles in the hunter industry. She rode on the Mary Washington College IHSA team in the open division for four years and has continued to produce quality horses for her clients to ride.
Coach Gwin is a past president of the SWVHJA, a member of the USHJA and USEF, and has judged locally throughout Virginia over the past twenty years. She has been involved with the hunter seat industry since childhood at most capacities.
Gwin and her husband Shaun Leverton come to Blythewood after living in Blacksburg, Va. for the past 20 years.