On April 15, 2015, Grace Howard signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Georgia in the fall 2015 as a member of the NCAA Women’s’ Equestrian Team. Currently ranked number one in its conference, UGA has won the national title four of the last seven years and six times overall.
Grace took her first riding lesson when she was 4 years old after obsessing about horses in preschool. Two years later, her parents bought her first pony, a Shetland haflinger mix named Sherman. By 8, Grace was showing on the “A” show circuit for hunter/jumpers.
The 17 year old currently trains with Jack and Liza Towell Boyd at Finally Farm in Camden, S.C. and competes in the Junior Hunter Division on her gelding Bethel’s Peri and in the High Children’s Jumpers on her gelding HiHo Houdini.
Last year, Grace and her Large Jr Hunter “Peri” were ranked fifth in the nation and qualified for the indoor circuit winning ribbons in D.C. and Lexington, Kentucky.
After considering other schools, Grace toured the University of Georgia during a recruiting visit and fell in love with the school. Georgia recently won the 2015 SEC Championship and enters this weekend’s national championship as the defending national champion.
Recent Riding Achievements and Accolades
- Began showing in the High Children Jumper division in January 2015 and was Champion in the High Child/Adult jumpers at the Atlanta Spring Classic in March and Reserve Champion at the Camden Spring Classic in April.
- 2014 Zone 3 Reserve Champion
- Ranked 6th nationally for the year of 2014 in the older large junior hunter division.
- Qualified and Competed in the 2014 International Hunter Derby Finals held at the Kentucky Horse Park
- 2014 Aiken Spring Finale Horse Show “Hunter Style” award
- Most Supreme Grand Puba Junior Hunter Champion at the Atlanta Summer Classic Show 2014
- Grand Junior Hunter Champion at the 2014 North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Annual Show in Raleigh, NC
- Best Child Rider on a Horse Award at the 2014 North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Annual Show in Raleigh, NC
- Don Stewart Overall Equitation Award at the 2014 North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Annual Show in Raleigh, NC
- 3rd place in the EJ Haun Memorial Medal Finals 2014
- Qualified for USEF Medal Finals 2014
- 3rd and 4th place awards in the older large junior hunter division at the Washington International Horse Show 2014
- 2012 and 2013 Zone 3 Champion
- Winner of the $2,500 National Hunter Derby at the Camden Spring Classic in 2012
- GPA of 4.0536
- Member of the Math Honor Society