April 30, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn equestrian team inked three hunt seat riders to the spring signing class when it landed Julia Murphy of Long Beach N.Y., Hallie Robinson from Santa Barbara Calif., and Abigail Wagner of Longmeadow, Mass.
Murphy, a Long Beach N.Y. native brings depth to the Auburn hunt seat team. She qualified and competed at NEHC, earning a ninth-place finish, and Marshall and Sterling Finals. She is a Long Island High Score Grand Champion in the equitation. Murphy also competed at the Winter Equestrian Festival in 2014 and was consistently in the ribbons in the USEF Pessoa Medal and Maclay.
"Julia is a student-athlete that we first met in our camps and clinics," said head coach Greg Williams. "She has a team first attitude and a great work ethic. She had a lot of success in Florida this past winter in the equitation and we are looking forward to her being a great asset to our team next season."
In addition to her riding, Murphy enjoys photography, volleyball and hockey. Murphy plans on majoring in biomedical sciences.
Robinson, a working student at Elvenstar Farm in Moorpark, Calif. In her first year competing equitation she was third in USET Talent Search Finals West. She also took fifth-place at the North American Junior Equitation Championship at the Capital Challenge and was in the top 25 at USEF National Medal Finals at Harrisburg out of over 200 entries.
"We are excited to have another student-athlete coming from California," Williams said. "Halie is a working student and we really feel like all of her experience on different horses will allow her to make a smooth transition to college riding. She had a lot of success in the equitation last season and is off to a great start this year. We feel like she can make an immediate impact for us next year."
Wagner, a Longmeadow, Mass. native, trains with Andre Dignelli at Heritage Farm. Wagner brings a wealth of experience and looks to contribute early. Wagner most recently competed in the adult medals and equitation at the Winter Equestrian Festival winning many ribbons including tricolors and a division championship.
As a junior she competed for three years in the Big Equitation divisions placing in large AA shows including HITS, Saugerties, Brandywine at Devon and Old Salem Farm. She qualified for all the Big Equitation finals and competed in the Maclay Regional Finals and the USEF Hunt Seat Medal Finals in 2012.
"We also first met Abby in our camps and clinics and continued to follow her riding career," Williams said. "She has recently been a working student and has a wealth of knowledge that will contribute to the team next year. She has ridden and shown many different horses which should help her transition to college."
Wagner is an honors student at Longmeadow High School, where she plays first violin in the high school symphony orchestra.