May 13, 2011
ATHENS ---- Megan Hawkins, a talented and accomplished rider in the Western discipline, has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Georgia and ride next year for the Bulldogs, according to an announcement Friday by head coach Meghan Boenig.
Hawkins, a native of Reddick, Fla., currently attends the College of Central Florida in Ocala and will transfer to UGA in the fall. She prepped at the School of the Kingdom, also in Ocala. She is also the daughter of world-renowned horse trainers Mike and Cheryl Hawkins.
"We are elated to have Megan join Georgia Equestrian Team," said UGA Western assistant coach Mary Meneely. "Megan is vivacious, outgoing, and a solid competitor. She is a highly decorated, well-rounded rider with a wealth of experience in the show arena. She currently competes on several horses including many young horses and will be a huge asset to our Equestrian team."
Hawkins will be a Horsemanship specialist for the Bulldogs. She comes to Athens with a slew of Western riding honors, highlighted by the following: Winner of the National Snaffle Bit World Championship, Reserve American Quarter Horse Congress Champion, and an AQHYA World Championship top ten finisher. Hawkins has also won many AQHA All-Around, Youth and Amateur World, NSBA World and Southern Belle awards.
Hawkins becomes the seventh prospective student-athlete to sign with the Bulldogs during the spring signing period. She joins Hunt Seat specialists Madison Clark of Brighton, Mich., Hannah Spiegler of Mechanicsville, Va., and Megan Southam of Langley, British Columbia, as well as Western riders Paige Stawicki of Argyle, Texas, Caroline Blackshear of St. Simons Island, and Morgan Justiss of Alpharetta.