Natalie Burton signs her first recruiting class
May 12, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) – The No. 10 SMU equestrian team signed hunt seat riders Heather Flynn and Nora Gray, and western riders Casey Bibbs and Morgan Digiulio to National Letters of Intent, head coach Natalie Burton announced Monday.
"We are excited to welcome an exceptional group of freshmen to the Hilltop,” Burton said. “Nora and Heather are not only top talents; they are going to make an immediate impact in the classroom and on the team with their outstanding work ethic and attitude. We are also looking forward to Casey and Morgan bolstering the western team in both horsemanship and reining, and adding their mark to the discipline"
SMU’s four-rider class joins a program that reached the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Quarterfinals for the third-consecutive campaign in Burton and western coach Trista Adkins’ first year together on the Hilltop. Of the 10 SMU riders that competed at last month’s NCEA Championships, only senior Julianna Fischer’s eligibility has expired.
Flynn (Farmington, Conn.) was a member of the gold medal team in the 2013 New England Equitation Championships, and participated in the IEA National Championships on the flat. Gray (Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada) has claimed numerous ribbons at the Winter Equestrian Festival, ahead of her college career, and won the CET National Equitation Championship.
Digiulio (San Jose, Calif.) has earned several awards at the Pinto World Championships in Tulsa, Okla., including two ideal western titles and two reserve western titles. A second western California native, Bibbs (San Diego) finished 2013 in the top five of the AQHA Novice Youth Championships.