Wrapped up in Waco
    Kimberly Hewson Budnik finished a strong freshman season with an impressive win over No. 2 Georgia.
    Kimberly Hewson Budnik finished a strong freshman season with an impressive win over No. 2 Georgia.

    April 17, 2009

    FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State equestrian English squad saw its season come to a close on the second day of the 2009 Varsity Equestrian National Championships in Waco, Texas.

    The Bulldogs opened the event beating TCU and knocking the Horned Frogs from the event. That win sent the Dogs against defending national champion Georgia. Fresno State and Georgia started their match on Thursday night, completing the flat portion of the dual match.

    Georgia earned three wins on the flat with Kimberly Hewson Budnik earning the only victory against the defending national champion team. Hewson Budnik defeated Michelle Morris 135-127. Caitlyn Marshall and Kelsey Bullock had close matches, losing by a total for four combined points.

    Georgia swept all four the matches in equitation over fences to win the match 7-1. Katie Nenneker and Lisa Wells had strong rides for the Dogs, with scores of 160 and 155, respectively, but each lost close matches.

    In the consolation round, the Dogs dropped a match to Oklahoma State 8-0 and were eliminated from the consolation round. The Dogs dropped several close matches, including three that were one point decisions.

    The event started later than expected and didn't finish until nearly 11:30 p.m. CT.

    "It was a tough day in the sense that we lost some close matches and lost to two very good teams," said head coach Dr. Becky Malmo. "But the good news is that we have a lot of young ladies who are already talking about next year. We know we have to get stronger and improve our skill level. They understand what it takes to be successful at the national championships and this will be a great learning experience. It's sad because our two outstanding seniors, Katie Nenneker and Cambria Kissell, finished their careers and that's always sad to see. We are so proud of what they've accomplished in their careers at Fresno State."



    Malmo was also impressed with the level of competition, caliber of horses and growth of the sport in general. She applauded the fans and parent support, describing it as the best she's seen in the last five years.

    "I'm so pleased that we have seen so much growth in the sport and that our program that's been in the middle of and big part of this growth," Malmo said. "The fans were great and this event just keeps growing every year."

    The Varsity Equestrian National Championships continues through Saturday afternoon.

    Hunter Seat Team Bracket
    (8) Kansas State defeated (9) Tennessee-Martin, 4-4 (TB: 890-845)
    (5) Texas A&M defeated (12) Delaware State, 7-1
    (6) Oklahoma State defeated (11) SMU, 6-2
    (7) Fresno State defeated (10) TCU, 4-4 (TB: 853.5-797 )

    Second round -
    (1) Auburn defeated (8) Kansas State, 4-4 (TB:837-814)
    (4) Baylor defeated (5) Texas A&M, 4-3
    (3) South Carolina defeated (6) Oklahoma State, 6-1
    (2) Georgia defeated (7) Fresno State, 7-1

    Consolation round -
    (6) Oklahoma State defeated (7) Fresno State, 8-0 (Fresno State eliminated)

    "Join the State - Fresno State!" -Fresno State wrapped up its season at the 2009 Varsity Equestrian National Championships April 16-19 in Waco, Texas.

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