Equestrian inks cancer survivor Margaret Hurt

Jan. 13, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn equestrian team added one more signee to the incoming class of 2014 in western rider, Margaret Hurt, from Alpharetta, Ga. Hurt joins fellow signees Alexa Rivard, Elizabeth Cosper and Caitlin Creel.

Hurt, a cancer survivor, was diagnosed with Leukemia in the fall of 2007 at the age of 11. Throughout treatment she stayed involved in riding and returned to showing in 2008. Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hurt was given her first quarter horse "Hoochie."

She began her riding career at the age of six, earning reserve and champion placings at local shows. In 2012, Hurt started competing at the AQHA level and placed in the Region 10 top-10 in horsemanship, showmanship, horse under saddle, trail and halter in 2013. She is also a member of Georgia's AQHYA Youth World Show team.

Hurt was a top-15 placewinner at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress and the Horseman's Quarter Horse Association's end-of-year reserve champion in 2013. She also was the AQHA Novice Championships finalist this year.

Throughout high school Hurt has been active as a volunteer with the Rally Foundation for childhood cancer research and the Lighthouse Family Retreat for families affected by childhood cancer.