Bulldogs Earn "Best in the West" Title
Christa Beezley was named the MVP in Horsemanship with her score of 75.5.
Christa Beezley was named the MVP in Horsemanship with her score of 75.5.

By Kelly Mason

Feb. 19, 2012

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State earned the title "Best in the West" Sunday at the Student Horse Center as they defeated the University of Tennessee Martin (8-7) and Texas Christian University (9-7) from day one's competition. TCU finished in second with one win over UTM who came in third.

"I'm so proud of each and every ride our ladies put down this weekend," said Western Head Coach Stephanie Reeves. "The teams we hosted offered up good competition, but we took everything we have been working on and put it to work which brought us great results! Behind the scenes was a great amount of teamwork taking place which was great to see as well."

On day one of Best in the West the Bulldogs competed against UTM in Reining and Equitation over Fences, and day two they finished their head-to-head matchup with Equitation on the Flat and Horsemanship.

On the Flat, junior Lauren Carr (83) was the only Bulldog to earn her point as the 'Dogs fell to UTM, 3-1 with a raw score total of 311-310.

In Horsemanship Fresno State won three points with Christa Beezley winning the MVP honor (75.5). Rio Haack (69) and Lauren Crivelli (73.5) also picked up wins for the Bulldogs as Allie Warkentin tied UTMs Heidi Grimm with a 69.5.

"This weekend was a great opportunity to show the depth of our team at home on our own horses against TCU and UTM," said English Head Coach Julia Scrivani. "Both the teams attending this event are strong competitors that exhibit great sportsmanship. We had a few difficult rides however as a team we overcame them by coming together and refocusing toward riding our best."



TCU and UTM went head-to-head on Sunday in all four equestrian events, where TCU earned the team victory, 9-7. Four TCU riders were earned all four available MVP honors in the matchup.

This was the sixth annual Best in the West tournament and it was the fifth time Fresno State has won. In 2011, Fresno State finished second, but returned this year to retake the "Best in the West" title.

The Bulldogs will now prepare for their trip to Atlanta, Ga. to compete against the University of Georgia and Baylor on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26.

Final Results of Day 2

Fresno State vs. UTM

Equitation on the Flat: UTM 3, FS 1
MVP: Caroline Cramer (UTM)
Lauren Carr (76) defeated Kaylan Herbst (75)
Caroline Cramer (84) defeated Kimberly Steinbuch (83)
Hunter Ralston (75) defeated Holly Elsbernd (70)
Kara Bergenty (77) defeated Tara Polkalba (74)

Equitation Over Fences: FS 3, UTM 1
MVP: Holly Elsbernd
Kara Spicer (81) defeated Katie Miranda (80)
Hillary West (75) defeated Caroline Cramer (71)
Hunter Ralston (84) defeated Belle Calkin (76)
Holly Elsbernd (85) defeated Kara Bergenty (73)

Horsemanship: FS 3, UTM 0
MVP: Christa Beezley
Christa Beezley (75.5) defeated Michelle Chulock (74)
Rio Haack (69) defeated Kathryn Gorsuch (59)
Lauren Crivelli (73.5) defeated Candice Fulcher (71.5)
Allie Warkentin (69.5) tied Heidi Grimm (69.5)

Reining: UTM 3, FS 1
MVP: Laruen Crivelli
Kathryn Gorsuch (67) defeated Shawna McClurg (65.5)
Michelle Chulock (66.5) defeated Amanda Lawrence (65.5)
Lauren Crivelli (70) defeated Carly Lamb (69.5)
Candice Fulcher (68.5) defeated Ciara Kozlowski (68)

Fresno State 8, UTM 7

TCU vs. UTM: (TCU will always be listed first)

Equitation on the Flat: TCU 3, UTM 1
MVP: Haley Jacobi (TCU)
Kaitlin Perry (80) defeated Kaylan Herbst (79)
Demi Stiegler (85) defeated Hunter Ralston (81)
Haley Jacobi (85) defeated Caroline Cramer (82)
Callie Selchau (73) fell to Kara Bergenty (78)

Equitation over Fences: TCU 2, UTM 2
MVP: Callie Selchau (TCU)
Demi Stiegler (56) fell to Kara Bergenty (64)
Kaitlin Perry (78) defeated Caroline Cramer (69)
Haley Jacobi (70) fell to Katie Miranda (76)
Callie Selchau (89) defeated Hunter Ralston (80)

Horsemanship: TCU 3, UTM 1
MVP: Courtney Chown (TCU)
Alexi Estrada (73.5) defeated Heidi Grimm (71.5)
Taylor Prince (67.5) defeated Michelle Chulock (66.5)
Lyndsi Hardin (73) fell to Candice Fulcher (73.5)
Courtney Chown (72.5) defeated Kathryn Gorsuch (62)

Reining: UTM 3, TCU 1
MVP: Samantha Bayer (TCU)
Katie Gray (69) fell to Michelle Chulock (69.5)
Alexi Child (70) fell to Kathryn Gorsuch (71)
Colby Simonson (69) fell to Carly Lamb (72.5)
Samantha Bayer (72) defeated Candice Fulcher (67)

TCU 9, UTM 7

Fresno State, 2-0
TCU, 1-1
UTM, 0-2

"We Are Your Team!" - The Fresno State equestrian team will travel to Atlanta, Ga. Friday, Feb. 24 to compete against Baylor and the University of Georgia on Saturday and Sunday.

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