The Fresno State equestrian team had a wonderful day to celebrate its season accomplishments, its seniors and the unveiling of the new scoreboard.
The National Collegiate Equestrian Association named one All-American and two Honorable Mention All-Americans on the Fresno State equestrian team for the 2011-12 season.
Fresno State senior Holly Elsbernd earned the Reserve Champion title at the 2nd Annual Pin Oak Invitational.
Senior Equitation over Fences captain Holly Elsbernd was invited to compete at the Pin Oak Invitational in Houston, Texas.
Fresno State defeated No. 8 New Mexico State in the second competition of the Bulldogs trip to New Mexico.
Fresno State head coaches flipped pancakes and helped serve at the 37th annual Vintage Days Pancake Breakfast.
Julia Scrivani is one of Fresno State's co-coaches and specializes in English. She has more than 20 years in the horse industry. She can ride, she can teach, and she strives to win.
As a former Bulldog she has experience both in the classroom and in the arena. She began her horse career with Sabrina Miller and before becoming a Bulldog she rode under Bea and Derek DiGrazia in Carmel Valley. There she competed at a national level to receive Thoroughbred of the Year at Pebble Beach in 2003 and 2004 on her personal horse "BacTrac". She has ridden with internationally known trainers such as Richard Keller, Richard Spooner, Richard Widger, Jennifer Roth, and Ann Krasinski. While in Fresno she rode with Loris Henry to further her understanding of dressage. While under Henry's instruction she competed in second level dressage to earn four rosettes on "BacTrac" in 2006.
Scrivani spent the 2006-07 season working as a graduate assistant coach. Here she gained experience from Head Coach Megan Megee and Assistant Coach Trista Armstrong, both nationally ranked coaches. In 2007 she became the English assistant coach under Dr. Becky Malmo. She continues to work primarily with the English squad to create a winning team.
In her first year, she helped guide the Dogs to a Top 10 ranking and has qualified the team for the Varsity Equestrian National Championships four years in a row. In 2008 she coached Lisa Wells, the nation's No. 3 ranked rider in Equitation over Fences. In 2009 she coached Katie Nenneker, who was the inaugural Bulldog of the Year winner. In 2010 she led Lisa Wells into her second appearance as an Individual at the Varsity Equestrian National Championship in Equitation over Fences. Scrivani also coached the 2010 English All Decade Student-Athletes Jennifer Jory and Kirston Sohns. In 2010 she coached Kim Steinbuch who scored a 97 in Equitation on the flat, the highest score in Bulldog history. In 2011 Scrivani coached two NCEA Honorable Mention All-Americans in Holly Elsbernd and Kimberly HewsonBudnik. She also coached NCEA All-American Macy Wilson, who was the first rider in Fresno State history to earn that honor. Scrivani coached Hillary West, winner of the 2011 Harold Haak Most Memorable Moment award and coached the 2012 Pin Oak Charity Equitation Challenge Invitational, Reserve Champion, Holly Elsbernd. She also lead the equestrian team to receive the Athletic Director Community Service Award in 2012.
Scrivani competed in intercollegiate competition in English and was the Reserve Champion in Novice Equitation over Fences at the 2003 Stanford IHSA English show. She placed as an Individual fourth at the 2003 Horse Judging National Team competition and 2004 Champion at the National Quiz Bowl Team competition at IHSA Nationals held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Coach Scrivani placed third in Equitation over Fences at the 2002 English Stanford tournament.
She was a former "four-year repeat" Fresno State Scholar-Athlete. While being a Scholar-Athlete she managed the Student Horse Center at Fresno State from 2003-2006.
She earned a Psychology degree from Fresno State in 2006. She is currently investigating the Master's programs in Psychology for the 2011-12 year.
For the past four years, Scrivani has made bettering her sport part of her responsibility. She is involved at the National level with Varsity Equestrian, seeking to increase general visibility and support. She served two years on the championship committee which organizes Varsity Equestrian National Championships. Scrivani is currently serving as secretary for Varsity Equestrian on both the Competition Committee and the Promotions Committees.
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