November 2, 2017

MARTIN, Tenn. –
University of Tennessee at Martin freshman Abbie Hopkins earned Equifit National Collegiate Equestrian Association Rider of the Month honors in equitation over fences today.

Hopkins becomes the first Skyhawk to claim national Rider of the Month honors since the NCEA initiated its monthly honors in the 2013-14 season. Megan Aiosa (reining, September 2015), Hunter Ralston (equitation on the flat, January 2015), Mia Bray (equitation over fences, January 2015) and Megan Marie Foley (reining, November 2014) had previously won Rider of the Month accolades from the United Equestrian Conference.

Hopkins stood out for the Skyhawks in their two competitions last month, securing a pair of MOP honors while averaging an 85.5 score in equitation over fences. The Seekonk, Mass. native began her month with an 84-point effort against No. 8 TCU on Oct. 6, tallying a team point for UT Martin. The following day at No. 10 Delaware State, she posted an 87-point ride to earn a team point and help the Skyhawks to a big victory.

On the season, Hopkins boasts an average score of 83 points in equitation over fences, tying for the team lead in team points (two) and MOP’s (two). She also has made an impact in equitation on the flat during her true freshman campaign, tallying a 72.7 average score with one team point (also coming against No. 8 TCU).

The No. 10 ranked UT Martin squad puts the finishing touches on its fall slate next week when it hosts the Skyhawk Invitational on Nov. 9-10. The Skyhawks play host to No. 4 SMU, No. 5 Fresno State and previously ranked Delaware State in the four-team, two-day event.