UGA signee practices during pandemic

UGA signee practices during pandemic

PORTAL, Ga. (WTOC) -Addison Taylor has signed with the University of Georgia’s equestrian team and will head to Athens in the fall, an opportunity she says she doesn’t take for granted. Still, the Statesboro High senior can’t help but think about some of the activities she’s missing out on.

“I did not have it planned out like this," Taylor said of her senior year. "We’re just trying to make the best of it and do what we can to prepare for next year.”

It wasn’t just her high school activities that were called off, all her horse shows were canceled, including nationals. Her coach says her heart goes out to the class of 2020.

“I really, really feel for them, and this year Addi was excited about going to nationals because she had the potential to go,” said Amanda Pope.

Despite the circumstances, Taylor has been able to continue her training. As you can imagine, it’s pretty easy to social distance when you’re on top of a horse.

The Pope’s say their business has been affected by the pandemic, but for safety, they’re allowing only one family at a time out to ride.

Though Taylor will miss out on many milestones, she’s looking forward to recognizing a life-long dream in Athens.

“I was born and raised in Georgia, it makes sense. I’ve always wanted to go to Georgia,” Taylor said.

For now, she’s still supposed to move in at UGA in August as originally planned.

Copyright 2020 WTOC. All rights reserved.