Morgan Minyard, an Amissville resident and 2010 graduate of Highland School, recently completed the requirements to letter in equestrian sports through the United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) High School Equestrian Athletes program.
Minyard has been participating in the new USEF program during her senior year. During this time she balanced her riding, showing and practice with her academic pursuits — and playing, as one of the two returning seniors, on Highland’s varsity softball team.
She also completed the requirements for the program to be retroactive to her freshman year, receiving a varsity team letter, certificate and year pin for each year from USEF.
The riding and competition hours requirement are long, not counting routine care of the horse or equipment maintenance. All riding and competition hours had to be logged, results of any competitions noted and participation verified.
Minyard uses her own horse, Sally, an off-the-track thoroughbred whose show name is Flirting With Disaster. Minyard competes in hunter jumpers, jumpers and 4H events and trains with Sandi Deisterhoft of Capstone Farm and Monique Bernardo of Highpoint Farm.
She will continue riding with Roanoke College this fall.