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    It is finally the best part of the fall season where everyone is preparing for one of the largest feasting days of the year.  Family recipes will be coming out of the books and will be put to great use during this holiday season.  The Fresno State Alumni Association is putting together an Alumni cookbook for Fresno State supporters and are interested in your favorite recipes to help make this book a treat for all Bulldog fans. 

    You can submit your favorite recipes by:
    *Mail to Fresno State Cookbook, Smittcamp Alumni House, 2625 East Matoian Way SH124, Fresno, California 93740.
    *Fax to
    *Online at
    *Email the recipe to

    Be sure to include your name, ingredients, recipe, and your relationship to Fresno State.

    Senior equestrian captain Jillian Tebbe already submitted her favorite recipe to make Sweet Rasberry Biscuits.
    Sweet Raspberry Biscuits
    (12 biscuits)
    2 cups Bisquick baking mix
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1/4 cup margarine or butter
    2/3 cup milk
    raspberry preserves
    vanilla glaze

    -Line cupcake tin with paper cups.
    Mix baking mix, sugar and margarine until crumbly.
    Add milk and stir until dough forms.

    -Place 1 tablespoon dough in each cup.
    Top with 1 teaspoon of preserves.
    Drop remaining dough onto preserves.

    -Bake until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
    Immediately move from pan and spread
    glaze while warm.

    -Vanilla Glaze:
    Beat 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon
    of warm water and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla till

    Don't miss out on being a part of this delicious Fresno State creation!  

    Name: Lauren Carr
    Year: Sophomore
    Position: Equitation on the Flat

    Who's your favorite teacher on campus?
    Cheng Ko, he is not really my teacher but my athletic advisor and he has helped me so much since I have been at Fresno State. He fully supports the equestrian team and is there for any class crisis whenever we need him.

    What do want to do after you graduate from Fresno State?
    Hopefully continue on to get my masters and eventually become a criminal profiler.

    What's your favorite thing about Fresno State?
    The way the whole school and valley supports athletics. It's amazing to see how many fans turn out for the games from all over the central valley.

    How old were you when you first rode a horse and what do you remember about that experience?
    I was 2 ½ at my little brother's birthday party and all I remember is the embarrassing picture I have from that day. I was 7 when I first started taking serious riding lessons.

    What person would you most like to receive a riding lesson from?
    The "founding father" of equitation, George Morris.

    What's your favorite TV show?
    Grey's Anatomy, the drama of the characters makes my life seem so simple. I also love Criminal Minds because it portrays exactly what I want to be able to do in my career.

    Do you own your own horse? Describe him/her
    I owned a fabulous horse named Cortino who came to be on the team with me last year but sadly passed away. He gave his heart and soul to the team just like I have and the connection I had with him is the reason I will always love this sport. Somehow although horses can't talk, the way they communicate with you can touch your heart and the connection between horse and rider is developed and unbreakable.  Cortino taught me how strong that connection can be and I will never forget it.

    What do you do in your spare time?
    I am addicted to Netflix, and now that I have my own apartment I spend a lot of time cooking and being with my roommate Lanie Madrazo

    Who's the funniest member of your team?
    Holly Elsbernd, she does imitations of animals we see while traveling that are hysterical!

    Best lesson you have learned from your coach?
    Patience with the horses. I think it is one of the most important contributions to riding in this style. You have to have patience with a horse you have never ridden before. The more patience you have the easier it is to figure the horse out in the 4 minutes of warm up.

    What's your most prized possession?
    I have a ring I always wear that says, "Courage, Strength, Cortino". It symbolizes how much my horse Cortino taught me, and the courage and strength he had up until the end of his life. I will never forget how amazing he was and the connection we had, and this ring symbolizes that to me.

    What's your favorite meal?
    Anything my mom makes! I love barbecue chicken and sweet potatoes, and of course ice cream!

    What would surprise people to learn about you?
    I love to hike!

    Describe your dream vacation?
    Anywhere with my family, this summer I would love to travel out of the country with them. I think it would be a great cultural and learning experience.

    Favorite part about being a Bulldog equestrian rider?
    My teammates, when I came here from Phoenix I had 40 amazing girls who were all instant friends of mine. The friendships I have made I know will last a lifetime.

    Something everyone should know about being an equestrian rider?
    The horse doesn't do all the work! People ask me all the time if I just sit there, and that is absolutely false. Riding is hard work, and so is taking care of the horses.

    Best moment in your Bulldog Equestrian Career?

    Winning all 3 of my head- to- head competitions at Varsity Equestrian National Championships last year. It was an amazing closing to the season and such a fun trip.

    You know you are an equestrian rider when....
    Muddy, dirty boots can go with any outfit at the barn.
    Equestrian Spotlight: Holly Elsbernd
    Year: Senior
    Position: Equitation Over Fences

    Who's your favorite teacher on campus?
    Dr. Fu (Sociology) because he is always so helpful and makes class fun to attend.

    What do want to do after you graduate from Fresno State?
    I want to go further in my riding career and would love to get into to any career involving animals.

    What's your favorite thing about Fresno State?
    My team, they're my family away from home. The team has given me endless opportunities and lessons learned that will help me through out my life.

    How old were you when you first rode a horse and what do you remember about that experience?
    I was 6 months old when my parents first put me on a horse. I don't remember it at all but I do remember always wanting to ride growing up.

    What person would you most like to receive a riding lesson from?
    George Morris, even though he scares me. He's a professional with many great accomplishments who is a big figure in the Hunter Jumper and Equitation world.

    What's your favorite TV show?
    Grey's Anatomy

    Do you own your own horse? Describe him/her.
    I have two horses, Just Plain Blane and Fabiane. Blane I've owned over ten years. He taught me the bond between a rider and horse that was needed to win many first places and champions. He is a 14 year old Bay Thoroughbred with a white heart on his forehead. Fabiane is the love of my life. My parents got me him when I out grew Blane and he took me to the next level of my riding. He is a 12 year old Bay Hanoverian. He makes me laugh any time I'm around him.

    What do you do in your spare time?
    My spare time has lately been dedicated to my school work and studying. But when I'm all finished with that I like to hang out with my teammates and friends.

    Who's the funniest member of your team?
    Honestly, my whole team is constantly making me laugh. Anytime I'm with them I'm always having a great time.

    Best lesson you have learned from your coach?
    To always have a positive attitude and be there to support my teammates no matter what.

    What's your most prized possession?
    My horses

    What's your favorite meal?
    Anything my mom cooks.

    What would surprise people to learn about you?
    I'm not as shy as I come off to be.

    Describe your dream vacation?
    On the hot beach somewhere in Hawaii.

    Favorite part about being a Bulldog equestrian rider?
    Being part of a team who shares a common goal and the opportunities it has given me.

    Something everyone should know about being an equestrian rider?
    It's not as easy as we make it look; it takes a lot of hard work, heart and dedication.

    Best moment in your Bulldog Equestrian Career?
    When I won both my points and MVP against Kansas and Auburn all in the same day.

    You know you are an equestrian rider when....
    You cluck at people and things to go faster and yell WHOA at inanimate objects to make them stop.

    Equestrian Spotlight: Madison Silver
    Year: Senior
    Position: Western Horsemanship Captain
    Major: Kinesiology

    Who's your favorite teacher on campus?
    Mark Baldis (Kinesiology). He makes the class comical while teaching us.

    What do want to do after you graduate from Fresno State?
    I am currently applying to Physical Therapy graduate programs all over the country.

    What's your favorite thing about Fresno State?
    The equestrian team. The team has been a great experience and has taught me so much about life, responsibility and hard work.

    How old were you when you first rode a horse and what do you remember about that experience?
    Do the pony rides count? I really started riding when I was 5 years old. I just remember being the smallest kid with the biggest hair on the tallest horse in the barn.

    What person would you most like to receive a riding lesson from?
    Michael Colvin. He's a very well-known professional and has a lot of experience judging and training throughout his years.

    What's your favorite TV show?
    Definitely Grey's Anatomy. I'm EXTREMELY addicted!

    What do you do in your spare time?
    Right now, my free time consists of filling out grad school applications, but normally I take any extra moment to sleep.

    Who's the funniest member of your team?
    Shawna McClurg.  She is probably one of the funniest people I know in general. If you ever see her, make sure you ask her to tell you a story. Her animation makes any story hilarious.

    What's your most prized possession?

    Pictures of my family. They mean the world to me.

    What's your favorite meal?
    I love all food. If I had to pick though, it would probably be Mexican food...or Jack in the Box.

    What would surprise people to learn about you?
    I am the middle of 5 kids.

    Describe your dream vacation?
    Anywhere involving the beach and the sun!

    Favorite part about being a Bulldog equestrian rider?
    The girls on the team, and the opportunity to travel around the country and ride all different kinds of horses.

    Something everyone should know about being an equestrian rider?
    It's hard work, but it's completely worth it.

    Best moment in your Bulldog Equestrian Career?
    Winning two MVP awards in one weekend.

    You know you are an equestrian rider when....
    You don't smell the "horse smell" anymore!

    Varsity equestrian is set up in a head-to-head format.  The competition is made up of two different styles of riding, English and Western.  Each style has two events that the student-athletes compete in to earn points for their team.  The English competitors compete in Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over fences.  The Western competitors compete in Horsemanship and Reining.  In each event riders from each team compete head-to-head on the same horses which are provided by the hosting school.  A random draw assigns the riders to specific horses and the student-athletes face the challenge of riding an unfamiliar horse after a brief warm-up.  For each head-to-head match the rider with the highest score will receive one point for their team.

    The English competition attire is very proper and professional.  The rider wears tan colored stretch pants called breeches with suede knee patches to help them grip better in the saddle.  The English competitor also wears a white, long sleeve, button up shirt known as a rat catcher.  The shirt has a white collar that attaches around the rider's neck to help complete the clean look.  There is also a long sleeve jacket worn in competition known as a hunt coat.  To complete the look the rider will wear a black helmet for safety and black leather gloves.

    The Western competition attire is a little bit more casual.  The riders wear nice, clean jeans and cowboy boots.  The competitor wears fitted suede or leather chaps around their jeans to help them stick better in the saddle.  A button up cotton shirt is worn on top usually with the team's logo on the front.  The look is topped off by a traditional cowboy hat.

    Equitation on the Flat is scored on a scale of 0-100.  A pattern is memorized by the rider consisting of nine maneuvers performed within a rectangular shaped arena known as a court.  The judge watches the rider's position and effectiveness at guiding the horse through each individual maneuver. 

    Equitation over Fences is also scored on a scale of 0-100.  Each rider jumps the same predetermined course made up of eight to ten jumps.  Riders are judged on their position, consistency of pace and accuracy of leads, turns and distance to the fences while producing a smooth, polished performance.

    Western Horsemanship and Reining is scored with a base of 70 points.  There are eight maneuvers and an overall score.  Each maneuver is awarded a score from -1.5 to +1/5 in half point increments.  Horsemanship is a slower, more precise pattern judged based on pivots, stops, backing, circles, and consistency of pace.  The riders overall effectiveness and posture in the saddle are also important factors.

    Reining is judged on a fast paced pattern made up of spins, sliding stops, roll backs, circles, and lead changes.  Riders are judged on symmetry of figures, variations of speed, size and symmetry of circles.  The rider's position and effectiveness to get an unfamiliar horse through a predetermined pattern is also judged.

    The Fresno State equestrian team will be competing on Saturday, October 23, at the Student Horse Center located on the south/east corner of Barstow and Woodrow.  The 'Dogs will be taking on New Mexico State and admission is free.

    Silver Western

    By Jennifer Jory / Fresno State Athletics

    The Equestrian team is gearing up for the upcoming season of competition.  They will be led into the show arena this year under four strong leaders.  The 2010-11 captains for the Fresno State Equestrian team are Jill Tebbe, Maddison Silver, Caitlin Marshall, and Kimberly HewsonBudnik.  All four ladies bring a great amount of experience, leadership, and hard work to the team. 

    This will be Jill Tebbe's second year as team captain and her fourth year competing on the team.  Jill competes in the Western Reining discipline and has definitely made her mark in that arena.  Last season she competed in 13 events and earned eight wins and an MVP honor against University of South Carolina.  She earned two MVP honors in her previous season against University of South Carolina and University of Tennessee-Martin. 

    "My favorite part of being on the team is the great friends that I have made. Everyone on the team is really fun and we all have a good time," said Tebbe.  "All my roommates have been from the team and some of my best friends are girls that were/are on the team with me. I also like getting the opportunity to ride in college and travel all over the country doing what I love." 

    Tebbe will be a senior this year, so this will be her last season of competition for the Dogs.  Joining her as the Western co-captain is Madison Silver.  This will be Silver's third year on the Equestrian team and her first year as team captain.  She competes in the Western Horsemanship and has done an outstanding job in her collegiate career.  Last season she competed in 13 events and earned eight wins, one tie, and two MVP honors against University Tennessee-Martin and Sacred Heart University.  She received her highest career score of a 77 in her opening match against New Mexico State last season. 

    Equestrian Horses, Mountain

    The Fresno State Equestrian Team is ready for the 2010-11 season and is very optimistic about the administrative changes that are taking place.

    Dr. Becky Malmo recently resigned as head coach of the Equestrian Team to pursue a career in the Fresno County Office of Education.  Assistant coaches Stephanie Reeves and Julia Scrivani will be taking the reins for the upcoming season and co-coaching the women's Equestrian Team.  Both coaches feel Dr. Malmo instilled a solid foundation for the Equestrian Team and they hope to continue to build on that basis. 

    The coaches do not want to make a lot of changes in the upcoming season.  Scrivani will continue to oversee the English side of the team and be the main instructor for Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences.  Dr. Malmo previously focused on coaching the Horsemanship discipline and Reeves will be taking over that duty.  Alumni Keri Blackledge will be joining the Equestrian team as a guest coach for the season and will be assisting Reeves in providing help for the Reining discipline of the team.  The office work will be split amongst the coaches evenly as well as with the graduate assistant, Brenda Donat.

    "Our goal is to keep a majority of the team the same and maintain the same feel that has always been there," said Reeves.

    The coaches are very excited about the 2010-11 season and having all of the student-athletes return to start practice.  The student-athletes will all return to Fresno by Friday, August 20, for their first meeting.  The first meeting will include a team orientation where the parents and athletes will meet the coaching staff as well as the rest of the athletic department staff.  The student-athletes will then get their individual photos taken as well as their first team photo for the season.  The following day will consist of horse safety testing at the Student Horse Center followed by a welcome back BBQ at 4:30p.m. hosted by the Equestrian booster club, The Saddle Club.  The next day, Sunday, will be filled with physicals and compliance meetings administered by Athletics department officials.  The action packed weekend will end with the annual welcome back BBQ for all Fresno State student athletes on Sunday evening.

    "We have lots of depth on the team which is very exciting," said Scrivani   "We are very excited for practice to start and look forward to seeing all of this year's talent in the arena."

    The coaching staff is not the only change the Equestrian Team is experiencing this season.  The Student Horse Center has received numerous changes as well.  The Equestrian Team purchased all new jumps to be used for the Equitation over Fences competition.  They also set up a new PA system and lights in the arena to be used at this season's competitions.  The Student Horse Center also had ten new stalls built to house the team's horses and re-did the area where the women tack up the horses for practice.

    "I am excited to take the reins with Julia as a coach and as a friend and lead this team with everything Dr. Malmo left behind and continue its excellence," said Reeves.

    The first day of competition will be an inter-squad scrimmage held at the Student Horse Center on Saturday, September 25.  The competitions are free and open to the public.   

    "There are going to be great things in store for this season," said Scrivani.

    Jennifer Jory JumpingBy Jennifer Jory / Fresno State Alumna (Class of 2010)

    The time has come for me to hang up my hat and pass the reins on to a new Fresno State Equestrian team member.  I am now an official Fresno State college graduate and no longer classified as a student-athlete, but as alumni.  My senior year flew by so fast and I felt like I could not live in the many precious moments long enough.  As a senior captain of the Equestrian Team I knew it was my job to be an outstanding leader and to leave behind large and defined footprints for fellow younger teammates to fill in the years to come.

    The first defined footprint I wanted to leave behind was to earn my degree by the end of my four years of eligibility.  Graduating in four years was an important goal for me to achieve because I wanted to show the other girls on my team that academic achievement is just as important as competition achievement.  If you can successfully compete for the Bulldogs both in the arena and in the classroom, you will be a successful student athlete.

    The second footprint I wanted to leave behind was in community service.  I participated in Holiday thank you calls, Light the Night Walk for Cancer, Coats for Kids, and reading to younger Bulldog fans.  As student athletes we are very fortunate to be given all of the perks that come with competing for the Bulldogs.  I want my fellow teammates to remember how important it is to be grateful and give back to the community and all of the amazing Bulldog supporters.

    The third footprint I wanted to leave behind was dedication to the sport.  Dedication and practice is the key to creating winners.  The Equestrian team has been blessed with three amazing coaches and a group of talented and inspiring young women.  With continued hard work and dedication this team can and will earn incredible achievements.

    The fourth and final footprint I wanted to leave behind was sportsmanship and a positive attitude.  Over the last four years I have watched the Equestrian team improve in so many ways.  The team unity shared among the women has become so strong that nothing is impossible for this group.

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    Former Bulldog equestrian rider Rebecca Flood will share her graduation with some very special people in her life: her three brothers.

    Flood, graduating in Food and Nutrition with an emphasis in dietetics and food administration, will attend commencement ceremonies on Saturday on the Fresno State campus. Joining her in receiving degrees are brothers Erik, Timothy and Steven.

    As all four Flood children receive their degrees on the same day, their parents, David and Susan, will be present for the commencement ceremonies. As unique as the circumstance is, it will be nonetheless a proud day for the entire family.

    Rebecca has long been admired as a tireless worker on a squad that not only practices and competes in their beloved sport, but also must care for the horses on which they ride. Feeding, grooming and cleaning stalls are as part of their daily routine as attending classes and studying for tests.