Both teams put 2-0 records on the line
The Gamecocks defeated Fresno State, 16-3 in the season opener at One Wood Farm in Blythewood.
2011-2012: 2-3 record in Reining... Won her first point as a Gamecock on Sept. 23 in the season opener against Fresno State, as she defeated her Bulldog opponent, 74.5-72... Improved to 2-0 a week later on Sept. 30 when she beat her TCU opponent, 71-64... Fall 2011 President's List.
2010-2011: 0-3 record in Reining... Competed for the first time on 1/28 at her former school, No. 1 Texas A&M... First-year letter winner... SEC Academic Honor Roll... Fall 2010 President's List... Spring 2011 President's List.
2009-2010: Freshman at Texas A&M University... 2-0 record in head-to-head exhibition rides... Member of the 2010 Varsity Equestrian Western National Championship team and Reserve Overall National Champions. Transferred to South Carolina during the 2010 summer.
High School: Finished fifth in the 2007 USEF Youth Reining National Championships ... qualified later that year for the NAYRC Young Riders National Championships ... placed third in the youth 14-18 year-end event at the 2008 Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association competition ... Melody Diamond Malbin is the daughter of Gary and Donna Malbin of Redding, Connecticut... the youngest of four children, has three brothers, Mike, Alex and George ... a 2009 graduate of Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Connecticut ... lettered one season in basketball and two in lacrosse ... has been riding nine years, with experience in English, western pleasure, horsemanship and reining.