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Watkinson Senior from West Hartford Commits to D1 Equestrian Program

Tessa Brown (center) with her parents (Hagan left and Alicia right) on NLI signing day. Courtesy photo

Tessa Brown of West Hartford, a senior at Watkinson, is the No. 1 commit to the University of Georgia’s Division I equestrian program.

Submitted by Jenni French, Watkinson School

A Watkinson School senior and West Hartford native, Tessa Brown signed her national letter of intent as the No. 1 2022 D1 commit to the University of Georgia equestrian team.

The Georgia Bulldogs’ equestrian program has been the epitome of success since its inception in 2001. Since the program started, the Bulldogs have reached unprecedented heights, including six national titles, seven reserve national titles, six Southern Equestrian Championships, and three Southeastern Conference Championships.

Tessa Brown entered into the horse world through a preschool raffle, and it soon became a lifetime passion for her. Spending her winters in Wellington, Florida – competing on the elite competition circuit with the best riders in the world – has pushed her to be the best version of herself on and off the horse.

Tess’ hard work and dedication has led her to become a national champion, be named the best junior rider of 2020 at the Washington international equitation final, and earn a team gold medal at the junior jumper final, among many other national accomplishments.

Tessa says, “All of my accomplishments could not have been possible without my family and the strong team I’m surrounded by – which includes Watkinson School – that has been a big part of her success and journey for the past seven years.”

Watkinson School, Hartford’s oldest co-ed independent day school, serves grades 6-12/PG. The school’s athletic program fields 17 interscholastic teams. Watkinson prides itself on the fact that 80% of our Varsity athletes play more than one sport; some play three. If a student wants to be an athlete AND an artist, Watkinson’s philosophy and schedule make that happen. Our next info session for prospective families is Dec. 3 at 9 a.m.

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