Roberts earns second consecutive MVP honor over fences
Natalie Burton enters her third season on the Hilltop (2012-13) after being named assistant coach for SMU Equestrian by head coach Haley Schoolfield on Monday, June 7, 2010.
Burton rode at Auburn where she won the 2004 individual national championship in hunt seat equitation on the flat and was part of the 2006 team championship. She most recently was an assistant trainer at Noah's Ark Farm near Knoxville, Tenn., while completing her law degree at the University of Tennessee.
"Natalie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to SMU equestrian," says Schoolfield. "She has won an individual national title and been part of a team national championship. That experience combined with her ability to teach can help take SMU to a championship level."
In addition to riding at Auburn, Burton was Co-Chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She also earned the Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship and was a member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll. While competing, Burton also served as an instructor at the Auburn Equestrian Center during the summers of 2005 and 2007.
Burton is a native of Hampshire, England, and a 2007 graduate from Auburn with a bachelor's degree in history. In May 2010, she graduated from the University of Tennessee law school with a concentration in business transactions. Prior to Auburn, Burton attended St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tenn.