Birmingham, Ala. - In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for the sport of Equestrian for the 2016-17 season.
All 21 league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men's and women's sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.
Below is the full list of this year's 2017 SEC Equestrian Community Service Team.
Jacqueline Shilen - Senior - Auburn - Hunt Seat
A native of Greenwich, Connecticut, Shilen spends her Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings at Storybook Farm, a facility in neighboring Opelika, Ala., that provides equine assisted activities for children and young adults facing physical, mental, and emotional challenges. There, she spends her mornings rehabbing and exercising the horses, while helping with general tasks around the barn. In addition, she has spent Saturdays (when not with the team) out on the farm clipping and grooming the horses. Shilen also joins the entire team at local elementary schools where the group helps with morning drop off and welcomes the kids to school. In addition, Shilen spent this past summer working with a young student with cerebral palsy, helping her become a better rider and compete in championship events.
Sydney Beasley - Senior - Georgia - Western
Sydney Beasley has been a selfless, active member of the Bulldog community throughout her time in Athens. She is a vital part of the team's philanthropic efforts, helping with and organizing over 550 hours of community service. She donates to the Athens Area homeless shelter a couple times a month and organizes food drives throughout the year. Additionally, she assembles hygiene kits for the Women's Shelter and for Athens Nurses Clinic. She is involved with Relay for Life and the Special Olympics. Beasley also volunteers at Butterfly Dreams Farm, a therapeutic riding center for those with special needs. Beasley's kind heart, warm spirit, and love for horses are the perfect match for these riders as she helps grow and nurture their love of riding and connection with the horses. She will be graduating Cum Laude with a degree in exercise and sport science and plans to get her master's in nursing so she can continue to help and serve others.
Makayla Clegg - Senior - South Carolina - Reining
Clegg fosters dogs at Pawmetto Lifeline animal shelter, Basset Hound Rescue ... is a walker and helps with the horses at Hoof Print Meadows (hippo therapy riding program in Blythewood). She distributed backpacks to the less fortunate school children in Tennessee through a Mission Trip with FBCSC. She regularly conducts equestrian clinics for children with cancer and their families at Curing Kids Cancer events ... Stuffed Animal Donation: Collects stuffed animals for needy families ... South Carolina Equestrian Team Christmas Gift Drive - Collects and distributes Christmas presents for less fortunate children in the Columbia area around the holidays.
Sarah Orsak - Sophomore - Texas A&M - Horsemanship
Orsak assisted with The Big Event and The Buddy Walk. She participated in Helping Hands and Aggie Replant Lost Pines. Orsak has helped out with National MS Valero Rider to the River and Life in Stride Riding Academy. She has also volunteered with Riders with Disabilities and Equestrian Canned Food Drive ... was a committee member for Aggie Replant.