Auburn Equestrian Signs Five
Dec. 10, 2008
AUBURN, Ala. - Anna Becker from Branchville, N.J., Mallory Campbell from Conyers, Ga., Jillian Fuller from Monroeville, N.J., Lindsay Portela from Southwest Ranches, Fla., and Indy Roper from Hobart, Ind., have signed national letters of intent to attend Auburn University and participate in equestrian for the 2009-10 season, announced head coach Greg Williams.
Becker is an accomplished Hunt Seat rider having placed in the top 25 at the 2008 USEF Medal Finals and top 20 in the 2008 Monarch International Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, while qualifying for the 2008 Kathy Scholl Equitation Classic at Lake Placid and for the George Morris Excellence in Equitation Class at the Winter Equestrian Festival in 2008. Other accomplishments include first place at the Maclay at the Beacon Hill Grand Prix Horse Show in 2008, a bronze medal for five wins in the USEF Talent Search, qualifying for Maclay finals in 2006 and 2008 and qualifying for USET finals East in 2007 and 2008.
"Anna is a top competitor," said Williams. "She has a background of riding great horses in the biggest competitions as well as green and tough horses. Her work ethic and riding ability should match up perfect for college riding."
Campbell won the AYA Superior Youth Award and was a Georgia High Point Youth in 2004, 2006 and 2007. At the 2008 Appaloosa Youth World, she won the Dee Cole Memorial Sportsmanship Award and was the reserve overall high point Hunt Seat exhibitor, while being named champion in Working Hunter 18 & under, champion Hunter Hack 14-18 and reserve champion Hunt Seat Equitation 18 & under. Campbell is an accomplished student as well, being a member of the National Honor Society and having been on the honor roll or Dean's list every semester of high school.
"I have had the opportunity to get to know not only about Mallory's riding ability but about her work ethic and attitude as well through our camps," said Williams. "I am really excited to have her joining our roster."
Fuller won the 2008 all rookie NRHA classes shown, the 2008 EPRHA Rookie Champion and was a qualifier for the Affiliate Championships. She was the year end winner in 12 events and versatility champion in the ApHC in 2002, while earning the ApHC Youth Superior Award. A member of the National Honor Society, Fuller is NJ STARS Scholarship winner and currently holds a 4.0 GPA at Salem Community College.
"Jillian is a rider we first watched a couple of years ago," said Williams. "Since that time she has positioned herself to win some of the top honors in the nation for reining. A coach would be hard pressed to find a rider with more drive and initiative."
Portela has shown competitively for the past 13 years. She has participated in numerous events including the Maclays. Some of her riding awards include: the Running Show Memorial Trophy NCHJA Children's Hunter Grand Champion, Crescent Creek Perpetual Trophy NCHJA Grand Adult & Children's Champion, Taste of Honey Memorial Trophy High Score Children's Hunter and Merrill Lynch Scholarship winner of 15-17 Littlewood Equitation League Finals. Portela is an honor student, earning Principal Honors in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and is also active in the community, earning the Silver Cord, which is given to people who have completed over 300 hours of community service.
"Lindsay is a great rider from one of the most competitive areas in our country" said Williams. "Her uncle (Jorge Portela) set the record for most field goals kicked at Auburn, and we see an equally exciting athletic career for Lindsay."
Roper has a long history of success in horseback riding since an early age. She won her first Quarter Horse Congress Championship at the age of 8. She has won 30 championships at this prestigious annual competition. She is also a four-time quarter horse world and reserve champion in numerous riding events. In represent the United States as a member of the Quarter Horse World Cup team. She and her teammates prevailed winning the overall gold medal in team competition over 16 other competing nations. She personally won eight medals in the individual competitions in the Horsemanship, Showmanship, Western riding and Hunter under Saddle categories. A member of the National Honor Society, Roper is in the top 16 percent of her high school class.
"Indy has had an unbelievable senior year competing on the Quarter Horse Circuit," said Williams. "Her experience and competitive drive gives her a chance to make an impact immediately."
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