March 2, 2017

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian team is back in action on Friday, March 3 when it hosts Minnesota-Crookston at 10 a.m. at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion.

The competition will also serve as Senior Day for the Skyhawks, as Claire Ottinger, Margo Quinn and Brittany Woodard will each be recognized for their career accomplishments.

A Cumming, Ga. native, Ottinger has posted a 6-8 record with 1 MOP in equitation on the flat during her regular season career. She has also tallied a 1-1 record in equitation over fences and was a perfect 2-0 at last year’s United Equestrian Conference tournament.

Ottinger served as Activities Chair for the UT Martin equestrian team. Her plans include finishing out nursing school, moving to Nashville to become an ER nurse and eventually attend Nurse Practitioner School. Her favorite memories include getting an 87 on Parker on a demo ride, traveling to New Mexico and notching a win against SMU.

Quinn has been an integral member of the Skyhawks’ Hunterseat roster. The Oak Ridge, Tenn. native scored a 68 in equitation on the flat against Auburn while also tallying a 79 (equitation on the flat) and a 65 (equitation over fences) at Alabama earlier this season.

Serving as team chair of the horse committee, Quinn is set to graduate from UT Martin’s nursing program in 2018. She hopes to become an ER nurse or working at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. One of her favorite memories from her time as a Skyhawk was taking the horses over to Dresden Elementary School and seeing all of the children fall in love with the ponies.

Hailing from Galloway, Ohio, Woodard boasts 13 career wins and four MOP’s in horsemanship. She also represented UT Martin at the NCEA in both 2014 and 2015, winning a point against Auburn in the first round during her sophomore season.

Woodard will be attending the Ohio State College of Dentistry for the next four years, with plans to practice general dentistry alongside her father at his dental practice. Some of her favorite memories from her time at UT Martin include jumping Wilson, winning MOP’s on Sissy and chanting team cheers.

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