Lindsey Slack, a senior at Burlington High School, has officially committed to the University of South Carolina on a partial athletic scholarship for equestrian.
Slack has been riding competitively since she was eight years old, and will be riding in the Horsemanship category for the Gamecocks.
Slack realized that she wanted to start riding to obtain a scholarship and few summers ago, and had to make the necessary changes.
Slack started training more intensely at Powder Brook Farm in Connecticut, and her recent success allowed her to gain the attention of some Division-I equestrian programs.
“Figuring out that it existed and that I could have the kind of opportunity to do something that has been very important to me for my whole life was really cool,” Slack said.
Earlier this year, Slack placed in Horsemanship at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, one of the biggest shows in the country.
In addition to placing on a national level, Slack was named the Region 6 (New England area) Horsemanship Regional Champion.
Slack explained that she fell in love with the University of South Carolina and at one point thought that becoming a Gamecock was a potential reach.
Slack was also considering Texas Christian University, but always thought South Carolina to be her top choice.
“South Carolina is the number one team in the country so I kind of thought that they would be a little bit more of a long shot for me,” Slack said. “I would have been happy at TCU definitely, but getting recruited to South Carolina was like dream school status.”
After growing up in Vermont, packing up and moving south for a few years can be a huge life change. However, Slack seems confident that South Carolina is the right choice for her.
“I think a change is going to be really good,” Slack said.
“I’m going to have to start to learn the rules of football a little more, but I think it will be a good change and I’ll able to get the full blown college experience.”