Since the age of 3, Sarah Isgett has been riding horses.
Isgett has competed in events all over the Southeast during her riding career. Now the Trinity-Byrnes senior has signed a national letter of intent to ride for the University of South Carolina equestrian team.
Isgett is the first Trinity-Byrnes athlete to sign a letter of intent with a Division I school.
“It is such an honor to be chosen to ride with the USC equestrian team. Horses have been a part of my life since I was a young child, and it is so exciting to continue my riding at a college level,” Isgett said. “I am so appreciative to see my years of hard work pay off with a college scholarship in the sport I love – riding.
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“I am so thankful for the many trainers and horses that have been beside me along my journey.”
Isgett was the No. 1 ranked rider in South Carolina and was the lone instate product to sign with the Gamecocks during the fall signing period.
Isgett picked USC over Georgia. The Gamecocks are one of the top equestrian programs year in and year out. USC won national championships in 2005 and 2007 and won back-to-back SEC championships for the first time in program history in 2013-14.
USC is ranked No. 3 in the country and will look for its third straight conference title when the season officially begins in the spring.
Isgett’s love of horses comes from her mother, Donna, who began riding at a very young age. The Isgetts built their own farm in 2006 and Sarah maintained her own horse and was in charge of getting it ready for competitions.
Isgett began competing in Western-style events before switching to hunter jumps. She has racked up numerous wins in events over the years and qualified for the Maclay and United States Equestrian finals the past two years.