Equestrian Falls to TCU in National Championship, 11-4
Senior Dayle Fischer
Senior Dayle Fischer

April 18, 2014

By Jillian Bertolucci

FRESNO, Calif. --The No. 8 Fresno State equestrian team fell to No. 9 Texas Christian University, 11-4, in the first round of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championship yesterday in Waco, Texas, ending its season.

"We were hoping for a different outcome," head coach Eric Hubbard said. "At this level you have to leave your all out there, and we fell short of that. I am proud of our riders and look forward to a successful next season."

The Bulldogs picked up one point in equitation on the flat. Senior Dayle Fischer took the point after defeating her opponent, 143-138. Junior Macy Wilson tied her opponent with a score of 152. TCU earned the remaining two points. Senior Amanda Postel fell to her opponent 139-123. Senior Hannah Flammang received a 164, one of the highest scores of the day, but her opponent answered with a match-high 169.

"Even though today was an upsetting loss," Fischer said, "it was a great experience to be here with some of the best riders in the country. I am proud to be a Bulldog."

TCU defeated the `Dogs in equitation over fences, 3-1, taking five points total from the equitation events. Freshman Sarah Schroeder won the point for Fresno State, defeating her opponent, 163-110. Postel earned a 153, while her opponent scored a 167. Fischer lost by only a single point, 142-141. TCU grabbed the last point, beating senior Belle Calkin's score of 153.



"My first nationals was a great experience," Schroeder said. "I'm honored with this opportunity my coaches and my team have given me."

The teams tied in the horsemanship event, 2-2. Freshman Taylor Brown defeated her opponent, 148-142.5. Junior Kirsten McKillop earned the other point for the `Dogs with a 144.5. In another close matchup, sophomore Sydney Elliot lost by a single point, 141.5-140.5. Senior Whitney Kittle fell to her opponent, 144.5-128.

"I couldn't be more thankful for my experience at nationals this year," Kittle said. "I learned how important it is to stay true to yourself as a rider, stick to your plan, and not allow others to get in your head."

TCU swept the points in the reining event, earning six points in the western category.

"We will use this loss as a learning experience," assistant coach Kimberly HewsonBudnik said. "It was the first time many of the team had been to nationals, and now we know what to expect next year. It was a tough end to a good season, but it will be our branching off point for next year."

Flammang called the season ending bittersweet. "I am so proud of my teammates and the way they have represented themselves in and out of the ring this year," she said. "Nationals is an end for some of us seniors, but a beginning for the future of our team. I will forever be a Bulldog."

Fresno State ended the season with a record of 5-6.

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