The Fresno State Equestrian team is having an excellent season and ranked No. 9 in the nation.
Becky Malmo, a veteran of more than 35 years in the sport of equestrian, took the reins as head equestrian coach in 2004 - just the third head coach in the program's history.
She's coming off a great season in which both the English and Western squads were ranked in the Top 10 nationally and advanced to the Varsity Equestrian National Championships. Additionally, outstanding sophomore Lisa Wells was ranked No. 3 in the nation.
In her first season, the Bulldogs continued to be one of the premier programs in the nation, placing third nationally in the 2005 IHSA National Championships in Western Competition and 10th in English. Additionally, the Dogs won three individual national titles with Kayla Merrit placing first in both Intermediate Western Horsemanship and Novice Western Horsemanship and Heather Billings winning the Beginning Western Horsemanship class.
During the 2006-07 season, she guided her English and Western teams to the Varsity Equestrian National Championships in Waco, Texas, where the English squad finished seventh at the national championship.
Malmo is very involved in the sport of Equestrian at the national level. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of Varsity Equestrian, the national organization that governs the collegiate sport of Equestrian. In addition, she chairs the Officials Committee, and sits on the Standards and Ethics Committee and the Legislative Committees.
Malmo has also served the University and the Athletics Department this year by her participation on the NCAA Certification Steering Committee and the Student Equity and Well Being sub-committee.
Malmo brings to Fresno State a wealth of administrative experience, a strong educational background, and great organizational skills. She is a world-class rider. Malmo's vast array of experience includes serving as Pierce College's (Woodland Hills, Calif.) equestrian coach from 1983-84 and working at a large Southern California equine veterinary clinic assisting veterinarians for equestrian events at the 1984 Olympics.
Malmo's career in education continued as an English and Veterinary Science teacher and high school administrator in the Simi Valley Unified School District until 2001. Malmo is an active member of the American Paint Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.
Malmo has been a competitive English and Western rider for four decades. She has shown in a wide variety of events, including English, western, dressage and eventing. She reached the senior horse finals at the American Paint Horse World Championships as recently as 2007.
Malmo earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Cal Lutheran in 1978, a Master's from Cal Lutheran in 1991, a Jurist Doctorate from Ventura College of Law in 1996 and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fresno State and UC Davis in 2008.
She and her husband, John, have three daughters - Cheyanne, Caitlin and Maddie.