Equestrian 'Dogs vs. 'Dogs
    Belle Calkin and the Fresno State Bulldogs will ride against the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday at the Fresno State Student Horse Center.
    Belle Calkin and the Fresno State Bulldogs will ride against the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday at the Fresno State Student Horse Center.

    Jan. 24, 2013

    By Kelly Mason
    kelbel2@mail.fresnostate.edu
    GoBulldogs.com

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    FRESNO, Calif. - This Saturday the Fresno State Bulldogs will face the Georgia Bulldogs in a head-to-head competition at the Fresno State Student Horse Center. This will be the seventh meeting between the two 'Dogs and the first time in three seasons that Georgia has traveled to Fresno, Calif. The action kicks off at noon when Equitation over Fences and Horsemanship run simultaneously.

    Coach Daye's Thoughts: "We are really excited to have Georgia come out to compete here this weekend," said Daye. "It will be nice to have them 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."

    A Look At Georgia
    The Georgia Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 3 in the nation after ending the fall season with a 3-3 record. The recorded their wins over Texas A&M, Baylor and New Mexico State. They dropped meets to South Carolina, Auburn and South Dakota State. Georgia is led by seniors Carly Anthony (Flat) and Maria Salazar (Horsemanship) and by juniors Olivia Dorey (Fences) and McKenzie Lantz (Reining). Georgia leads the Fresno State 6-0 in a series that dates back to 2005.

    A Successful Scrimmage
    The Fresno State Bulldogs hosted an intersquad scrimmage in early January, splitting the squad into the Red team and the Blue team. In what was a very close competition all day, the Red team managed to pull away in Equitation on the Flat earning them points to advance to a 9-6 win over the Blue team.

    Eric Hubbard: New Western Coach
    Head coach Collins Daye announced the hiring of the new Western coach, Eric Hubbard, at the beginning of the New Year. Hubbard grew up riding horses on his family's small farm in Idaho and has had a passion for the horse industry ever since. He brings knowledge from his extensive collegiate riding and coaching experience as well as knowledge from being a professional horse trainer for years. Hubbard has a passion for the sport and loves teaching, so this opportunity was the right fit for him. Read more about Hubbard on GoBulldogs.com, tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 25.

    Crivelli Finishes Third
    In November junior Western rider Lauren Crivelli had to opportunity to compete at the inaugural Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge at the American Quarter Horse Association World Show in Oklahoma, Okla. Sixteen of the nation's top collegiate horsemanship riders were invited to compete at the AQHA World Show. Crivelli made it to the semifinals scoring a 144 good for a third place finish.

    Bulldogs Jump To Texas
    In the fall, Fresno State faced SMU, Baylor and Texas A&M all in one weekend in Texas. As the other teams had been competing since September, this October weekend marked the 'Dogs first competition of the season. The 'Dogs first went up against SMU, who only has an English team, and fell 9-3. The next match-up was with Baylor where the Bulldogs were defeated 14-6 and they concluded the weekend against Texas A&M, dropping the match 17-6.

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