Madison Thiel, South Carolina

Madison Thiel, South Carolina

Thursday, October 4, 2018


Waco, TX- The National Collegiate Equestrian Association announced its September Signature Academics Standout Student-Athlete of the Month on Thursday, October 4.

Signature Academics Standout Student-Athlete

Every month the NCEA recognizes student-athletes for their accomplishments in the ring, however the NCEA would like to highlight athletes on their outstanding performances outside of the ring, including academics, philanthropy, outstanding attitude, and embodiment of an ideal teammate.

Name of Athlete: Madison Thiel

School & Year: University of South Carolina, Senior

Hometown: Dublin, Ohio

Major: Broadcast Journalism

Highlighted Accomplishments: 

  • Earned a team-high three MOP awards in horsemanship in 2017-18.
  • Named to the NCEA All-Academic First Team, SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll and the NCEA Academic Honor Roll her junior year.
  • Helped advance her horsemanship team to the NCEA quarterfinals at the end of the 2016-17 season, winning her last point of the year, 150-148.5.
  • Won her first point as a Gamecock on Oct. 2, 2015, against TCU, also earning MOP honors with an event high score at 73 in horsemanship.
  • Thiel has a total of 5 MOP awards in horsemanship with a 15-15-1 record.

Coach’s Comment: 

"Maddie holds a 3.72 GPA as a Broadcast Journalism Major with a minor in Psychology.  She is USC’s western Captain for the 18-19 season.  She has been a four year starter.  As a freshman she started in both reining and horsemanship.  Her sophomore and junior year she competed in horsemanship as a starter.  After spending the summer reining, Maddie will be a starter in horsemanship and reining this year.  To do that she has to practice twice the amount as the other western riders and she does so with no complaints.

Maddie was selected as a sophomore to be involved in the leadership academy for student athletes when the program was started.  That program is ongoing and she is completing her final year in the academy this year.  She was selected to participate in this program because she was recognized as someone with leadership qualities and potential.

She has committed herself to well over 20 hours of community service each year she has been here at USC doing such activities as Curing Kids Cancer Pony Pals Days, Grooming Horses for the Thoroughbred Retirement Center at Wateree Correctional Center, Feeding the Homeless with Transitions, Collecting food for Harvest Hope Food Bank,  Raising Money and pulling a Fire Truck for Curing Kids Cancer, Dance Marathon, Adopt a Family for the Holidays and Dog fostering.

She was selected by her teammates as captain for this year.  She demonstrates true leadership qualities and has helped redirect the team this year with a goal of being a disciplined team that has fun but is open and honest with each other.  She cares about each person on the team and makes an effort to get to know each one individually.

Maddie represents what it is to be a real team player and leader on our team and I highly recommend her as an NCEA student athlete of the month." - Boo Major