A Successful Scrimmage
Sonya Koch won her point in Reining and earned an MVP honor.
Sonya Koch won her point in Reining and earned an MVP honor.

Jan. 12, 2013

By Kelly Mason

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FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State Equestrian team hosted its first home event of the New Year with an intersquad scrimmage Saturday morning. In a close competition, the Red team pulled away during Equitation on the Flat earning points to advance them to a 9-6 win over the Blue team.

"Overall I think the scrimmage went really, really well today," said head coach Collins Daye. "We had a couple glitches in the morning, but once we got started the events ran smoothly and on time. It was great having our new Western coach Eric Hubbard and our volunteer coach Rick Kelly with us today; they seemed to work really well together."

The riding started with Equitation over Fences and Horsemanship running simultaneously in the east and west arena. Over Fences, the Blue team defeated the Red team, 3-2 where Kara Spicer (72), Hannah Flammang (77) and Kimberly HewsonBudnik (80) won their points. HewsonBudnik's high score was good enough to name her MVP of the event. On the Red team Lily Garth (75) and Antonia Eriksson (67) earned their points, respectively.

"It was great getting to see some of our green riders out there today," said Daye. "They had a chance to show us what they have, and I liked what I saw."

In Horsemanship the Red team won 2-1 with Kirsten McKillop (65.5) and Shauna Woodward (72) earning their points. Woodward was named MVP for her solid performance in this event. Rio Haack from the Blue team won her point with a score of 72.5.

Heading into the second half of the intersquad scrimmage the Red and Blue teams were tied 4-4.

In Reining, only four riders competed and the event ended in a 1-1 tie. Kirsten McKillop earned her second point of the day for the Red team and Sonya Koch earned a point for the Blue team with a 69.5. Koch was also named MVP for her strong ride.

It was in Equitation on the Flat where the Red team broke away, defeating the Blue team in this event 4-1. For the Red team Marisa Mohn (95), Hillary West (84), Taelor Elliott (70) and Lauren Carr (92) all earned points. Kelsey Fraiser was the only Blue team rider to earn a point for the event with her score of 80. Mohn was named the MVP with her team-high score of 95.

Although it was a cold, brisk morning at the Fresno State Student Horse Center both the Red and Blue team competed hard. The Bulldogs will now prepare for their next home competition on Saturday, Jan. 26 at noon as they face the University of Georgia.

"We are really excited to have Georgia come out to compete here in a couple weeks," said Daye. "It will be nice to have them here in our arena and on our horses. Our team is going to have to bring it on every ride we have, so we are really looking forward to this competition."

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