May 28, 2020

Abbie Hopkins Chalks Up Her Second Career All-American Accolade As Well As Being Named Ecac Rider Of The Year

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Waco, Texas – Abbie Hopkins, a junior at the University of Tennessee at Martin from Seekonk, MA, was rewarded for yet another spectacular season as she was announced as an NCAA second team All-American in the equitation on the flat event. Hopkins is only the second Skyhawk to ever earn All-American status in two different events. Hopkins previously was named a second team All-American in fences in 2018, making her one of only 3 UT Martin representatives to garner multiple All-American honors.

Hopkins generated an 8-2-1 record over 11 competitions in 2019-20, ranking her in a tie for the 5th best winning percentage in the country for D1 Equestrian and qualifying her for 2nd team D1 NCAA All American status. She led the UTM team in overall record, scoring average, and MOP (Most Outstanding Performance) recognitions in equitation on the flat. She captured MOP accolades against South Dakota State (Oct. 10), SUNY New Paltz (Feb. 21) and saved her best performance for last, as Hopkins' season-high score of 89 points came in the finale against (#10) Delaware State on Feb. 29 earning her another MOP nod. She won impressive points for her team winning her match-ups against #2 Oklahoma, #3 South Carolina, #4 SMU, and tying her opponent against the #1 ranked and undefeated Auburn.

In addition, Hopkins was also crowned Eastern College Athletic Conference FLAT RIDER OF THE YEAR to go along with 6 previous in-season honors during her successful junior campaign. She was named ECAC Flat Rider of the Month for November while notching ECAC Flat Rider of the Week accolades three times (Sept. 25, Nov. 19, Feb. 25) and a pair of ECAC Fences Rider of the Week nods (Sept. 25, Feb. 25). In her storied three-year career, Hopkins has amassed 19 victories to go along with five MOP's in flat. She is also responsible for 13 career wins and five MOP's in the fences event, and the All American nod in 2018 for fences.

Abbie is a UTM Equestrian team captain and is a Sociology Major minoring in Criminal Justice. She earned a spot on the NCAA Academic All American Equestrian Squad as well. She is 2017 a graduate of Seekonk High School.

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