WESTERN RIDER TRANSFERS TO UT MARTIN BECAUSE OF ACADEMIC MAJOR, EQUESTRIAN TEAM
June 1, 2012
MARTIN, Tenn. – Megan-Marie Foley has already mapped out her career plan, and that route has the Powell, Ohio equestrian rider coming to The University of Tennessee at Martin this fall.
UT Martin head equestrian coach Meghan Cunningham Corvin announced that Foley will transfer from Delaware State and compete for the Skyhawks. Foley will ride Western for the Skyhawks.
“Megan-Marie had an outstanding competition record while riding for the Hornets (Delaware State),” UT Martin Western coach Ashley Thompson said. “I am confident she will continue to be successful in the arena for the Skyhawks as well.”
Foley was 5-2 in Reining at Delaware State as a freshman in 2011. She was also the reserve champion at the first annual Intercollegiate NRHA Derby match class; the reserve champion for Intercollegiate Equestrian Association (IEA) Nationals; and the reserve champion for IEA Zones.
Foley prepped at Bishop Watterson High School and also attended Columbus State Community College. She was a member, point rider and an individual rider for Autumn Rose Farm Equestrian Team (ARFET). Foley helped ARFET claimed five consecutive IEA national championships.
Foley rides for Ollie Griffith.
“Megan-Marie has ridden for one of the most respected trainers in the industry, which has prepared her to have the feel and skill to be a successful rider,” Thompson said.
Among her many accolades, Foley considers her 2007 World Title in NRHA Youth 13 and Under as her biggest honor. She also has an impressive resume of volunteer activities which includes serving at Pets Without Parents Animal Shelter, The Stratford Ecological Center; and participating in an Appalachia Mission Trip.
Foley said she transferred to UT Martin because she can major in animal science with a concentration in veterinary technology. She also decided to transfer because of the equestrian team and the “amiable athletes.”
“Veterinary technology is perfect for my career,” Foley said. “I want to work at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.”