AIKEN -- University of South Carolina Aiken has named John Abbott as its equestrian riding coach and will also establish Bridlewood Farm in Aiken as the headquarters for USC Aiken’s equestrian riding team.
Abbott, who moved to Aiken from the Atlanta area in 2009, purchased Bridlewood in the spring. According to a news release, he will be offering equestrian lessons and coaching there for equestrian team members and USC Aiken students at a reduced lesson cost. Abbott will receive no payment from the University in his coaching role.
“I’m excited about the opportunity and I know it will grow because we live in a huge equestrian community,” Abbott said in a statement. “We will develop a large equestrian team at USC Aiken. And I know it will grow because a lot of college kids think about ‘Where can I take my horse and ride?’ and ‘Do they have a riding team?’”
USC Aiken’s riding team is on the club sport level and started informally with a few riders last year. The University has been reaching out to the equestrian community and has lately been looking to give a more formal structure to its riding team and equestrian offerings to students.