MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin head equestrian coach Meghan Corvin has announced seven incoming freshmen who will be added to the 2018-19 roster. Cristin Coombs, Kyra Petty, McAuley Ross and Emily Zegiestowsky are set to compete in the Western discipline while Kelby Kane, Katelyn Schultz and Sage Morris will take part in the Huntseat discipline for the Skyhawks next season.
“We are thrilled to add these seven to our already talented roster for next season,” Corvin said. “Each brings a wealth of talent and add in areas to further strengthen our program.”
Coombs hails from Yorba Linda, Calif. and is currently wrapping up her senior year at Rosary Academy. She is a Youth World Show qualifier and has made the semifinals in Level 2 horsemanship. She has trained under Kellie Hinely and Deann Hudson from Trendsetter Performance Horses.
A native of Cleveland, Tenn., Petty attends Walker Valley High School and has competed in IEA with coaches Roger and Sandra Elder. She was a two-time IEA Nationals qualifier in individual and team horsemanship (2016-17) and was a 2017 4H Southern Regional finalist. She was also a 2015 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 qualifier in horsemanship, western pleasure and showmanship. In addition, she was a 2015 TQHA Year-End Novice Youth Western Pleasure champion.
Ross is a Madison, Miss. native, where she currently attends Madison-Ridgeland Academy. She holds multiple American Quarter Horse Congress top-3 finishes, also earning Level 2 finalist and Level 3 semifinalist status. She won a Youth World Championship bronze championship and also secured Palomino Horse Breeders of America 52x World and Reserve World championships. In addition, she is a multiple Dixie National Champion and Reserve Champion to go along with Novice East All-Around Western and Novice East bronze titles.
Hailing from Franklin, Tenn. is Zegiestowsky, who is set to graduate from Christ Presbyterian Academy this spring. She was an IEA zone qualifier in both 2015 and 2016 and was also a NRHA Green graduate. She tallied top-12 finishes in dressage, hunter under saddle and hunt seat equitation at the 2015 UT Central Region 4-H show.
Kane produced several top finishes in USEF competition in 2017, including first place showings at the CSI International at Split Rock and the Low Junior/AO Classic at the World Equestrian Center. The Lexington, Ky. native and Dunbar High School attendee also placed second in the Kentucky Summer Classic and the Columbus International. In addition, she was a EAP National Training Session participant at Lake Erie College last November while placing fourth in varsity open flat and in the varsity open championship at 2016-17 IEA Nationals.
A West Bend, Wis. native, Schultz has competed at a high level at AQHA and USEF competitions while attending West Bend West High School. She is an All-American Quarter Horse Congress champion, Reserve champion and NSBA Congress champion while also garnering top-10 accolades at the AQHYA Youth World Championships. She also earned a spot on the AQHA Open & Youth Division Year-End top-3 list and was the WQHA High Point champion in equitation, equitation over fences, hunter hack and working hunter.
Morris is originally from the Virgin Islands and currently attends Sagemont High School in Weston, Fla. She is the 15-17 Equitation SFHJA Circuit champion and was a USEF Pony Finals and Hunterdon Cup qualifier. She boasts multiple wins and high finishes in the USEF Pessoa Hunt Seat medals, Taylor Harris medals, WIHS classes and ASPCA Maclays. She was the overall high point junior exhibitor, overall hunter rider and reserve high point exhibitor at the 4-H Florida state finals while taking home first place accolades in training level dressage and equitation pattern.
These seven join a Skyhawk program that is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation, securing a national top-10 ranking in each of the last seven NCEA rankings this fall.