Thursday, May 30, 2013
Fort Dorchester senior Addie Ledbetter has signed to ride with the Converse College Equestrian Team.
Ledbetter recently completed her third year as a member of the nationally-ranked Storybook Farm Interscholastic Equestrian Association Team that is based in Charleston. In April, the Summerville resident competed in the IEA High School National Finals in Syracuse, N.Y., earning the Reserve Grand Champion Award in the Individual JV Novice Fences class. Ledbetter competed against 19 other finalists in her class, finishing in second place.
This was Ledbetter’s second consecutive trip to the IEA Nationals. This year, 351 of the nation’s leading middle and high school equestrians competed at the New York State Fairgrounds Toyota Arena for the National Finals. The finalists represented 889 teams and over 8,000 student-riders from throughout the United States who earned the right to compete at National Finals after advancing though regular season shows, regional and zone finals.
Founded in Spartanburg in 1889, Converse College is a women’s liberal arts college. It sponsors 10 varsity sports including the equestrian team. Converse College competes at the NCAA Division II level and is member of Conference Carolinas. The Equestrian Team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association that is made up of almost 400 colleges, including NCAA Division I and II schools, representing 45 states and Canada with over 9,000 riders participating.
As a student at Fort Dorchester High School, Ledbetter has a GPA of 4.11 and is a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society. Ledbetter plans to major in Biology at Converse College. Beyond her participation in equestrian activities, Ledbetter is working on completing her Girl Scout Gold Award and is an active volunteer with local humane societies and for a Charleston based non-profit senior transportation program.
Ledbetter began riding at the age of 6 and has been competing in equestrian events since she was 7. She credits much of her success in equestrian competition to her talented and caring riding instructors, Berkeley Gibbs (Black Bottom Stables, Ladson, SC) and Trish Russo (Middleton Equestrian Center, Charleston, SC), and Storybook Farm IEA coach Alicia Story.