Bulldogs Claim Zone English Team Title
April 3, 2005
FRESNO, Calif. - One day after winning the Western team championship at the Zone Championship Show in Ridgefield, Ore., the Bulldog Equestrian team swept the competition by winning the English team competition.
Four Bulldog riders claimed top honors in the team competition, led by Tasha Lodwig in Equitation over Fences, Layla Mundy in Intermediate Fences, Jacklyn Alewyn in Walk Trot Canter and Ashley Peterson in Walk Trot.
Fresno State's depth was evident today as four other riders placed in the top three in English team events. Anela Bird was second in Equitation over fences, Amy Simmons was second in Open Flat. Kristina Chancholo, in Novice Flat, and Becky LeGris, in Intermediate Flat, each placed third.
The Bulldog English team qualified for the IHSA National Championships in Sudbury, Ohio, May 5-8. The top two performers from each of the individual events also automatically qualify for the national championship show.
Four Bulldogs won Western individual events, which was also held today, one day after Fresno State captured the Western team title.
Brenna Burris continued her outstanding season. The top performer in the region claimed the Open Reining event at the Zone championships. Beth Knapp won the Individual Open Western Horsemanship, while Simmons won the Novice Western Horsemanship and Kayla Merritt was first in Intermediate Western Horsemanship. Kristen Marchasi was the Advanced Western Horsemanship.
Knapp added a second place finish in Open Reining, while Maggie Clancy was third in Intermediate Western Horsemanship and Burris placed fourth in Open Western Horsemanship. Stacey McCalmont was sixth in Beginning Western Horsemanship.
The Bulldogs are off until the Varsity Equestrian Championship in Las Cruces, N.M., April 15-16.