Tina Davey Leads Mississippi College Equestrian Team
May 14, 2012
California native Tina Davey saddles up starting May 21 as the new equestrian program director at Mississippi College.
“My hope is that the MC team becomes nationally known for the success of its members both in and out of the ring,” says the 27-year-old Davey. “I’m very excited and honored to be the new equestrian program director at Mississippi College.”
Davey brings solid credentials as the director and coach of the MC team based at Providence Hill Farm. She served as the founder and coach of the University of California-Irvine equestrian squad that saw its riders advance to the regionals the last three years, while others participated in zone competition.
The former captain of the University of California at Santa Cruz equestrian team, Davey became the general manager and trainer at the Elvenstar Orange County riding academy in California by the end of 2007.
MC leaders believe Davey will be a tremendous asset to the university’s equestrian team that opens its sixth season in late August.
“We are very excited about this step forward for the equestrian team,” says Jamie Planck Martin, the Providence Hill Farm owner and the squad’s advisor.
Jim Turcotte, the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, says he’s very impressed with Davey’s skills.
MC leaders conducted an extensive nationwide search for the ideal equestrian leader and were delighted they discovered one working at UC-Irvine says Turcotte, the administrator in charge of programs at Providence Hill Farm. “We welcome Christina to the state and the university.”
The California resident made her first trip to Mississippi in March 2012, and was overwhelmed with the Southern hospitality she experienced in the Magnolia State.
“The beauty and the kindness of everyone at Mississippi College and Providence Hill Farm blew me away,” Davey said. “It’s a big move, but I’m really looking forward to making Mississippi my new home and creating new connections here.”
Davey also likes the idea of working at a Christian university. Founded in 1826, MC is America’s second oldest Baptist college. “For me, what’s most important is growth in my faith and helping others grow in their faith,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with a university community that is dedicated to each student’s growth in their faith in Christ.”
Directing collegiate equestrian programs, Davey said, “is my passion, so I feel truly blessed to be pursuing that passion at a Christian university and at the beautiful Providence Hill Farm.”
Jamie Planck Martin delivered other good news this month. The Mississippi College equestrian program recently welcomed three new horses. Two horses were donated by Robert Stockett of Jackson, and the third came from Mary-Bruce Farrell of Memphis.
Photo: Tina Davey