Nov. 4, 2011
Athens, Ga. - Junior captain Ali Sullivan was named the outstanding student-athlete of the month for the Georgia equestrian team, as nominated and voted on by her teammates. Sullivan, a native of Wilton, Conn., is majoring in animal science.
"Ali is such a role model for our team," Kelsey Thatcher said of her teammate. "I voted for her because even in stressful times she always has a calm face. She puts the horse's care first and foremost, staying as late as necessary to leave the horse's stall in the best shape possible. She is a horsewoman as well as a teammate, something that I treasure in a person. Ali is a great person to talk to about all sorts of problems, and greets you with a smile and a laugh as you de-stress. I'm proud to say she's our captain and student-athlete of the month."
Sullivan rode for the Red team during the Red and Black Scrimmage earlier this year and rode in exhibition for the Bulldogs against TCU, scoring a 67 in equitation on the flat.
"Ali is a very positive influence to our team," added sophomore Julia Hemingway. "She is always available for moral support and I feel comfortable to seek advice from Ali as she is very trustworthy. She is a determined individual that puts others before herself on a daily basis. I know that she balances an overwhelming academic schedule with a busy athletic schedule in a manner that seems effortless, when in actuality it is extremely difficult. She is an important member to the program, especially as a team captain, because she presents the role model for what a well-rounded student-athlete should be."
Last season, Sullivan was named the team's Standout Student-Athlete of the Year and was a member of the SEC Spring Honor Roll.
"Ali is my best friend on the team, and I honestly couldn't say enough good things about her," Alex Andes said of Sullivan. "She's the type of person who makes you a better person just by being around her. She's one of the most upbeat, positive people I've ever met. Ali is always there for any teammate when they need her, and she really puts others before herself. She's an invaluable part of this team and we are lucky to have her!"
Sullivan and the rest of the Georgia equestrian team will be back in action on Friday, November 4 at 1 p.m., when it takes on No. 4 South Carolina. Full coverage, including live scoring will be available at www.georgiadogs.com.