Equestrian Prepares For Double Header
Kirsten McKillop and the Bulldogs will face Auburn and Kansas State this Friday, Feb.1 at the Fresno State Student Horse Center.
Kirsten McKillop and the Bulldogs will face Auburn and Kansas State this Friday, Feb.1 at the Fresno State Student Horse Center.

Jan. 29, 2013

By Kelly Mason

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FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State equestrian team will host a double header this Friday, Feb. 1 as they ride against Auburn at 9 a.m. and Kansas State at 1 p.m. Both competitions will be held at the Fresno State Student Horse Center.

A Look At The Competition
Auburn: The Auburn Tigers ended the fall season with a 3-1 record with wins coming against Oklahoma State (10-9), Texas A&M (11-9) and Georgia (13-7). They dropped a close match to South Carolina 9-10. This will be the first competition for the Tigers in 2013.

Kansas State: The Kansas State Wildcats were 6-1 at the conclusion of the fall season. They defeated UTM, Baylor, New Mexico State, West Texas A&M, South Dakota State and TCU. Their one loss came in a tiebreaker finisher with SMU. This will be the first competition for the wildcats in 2013.

Madrazo Earns MVP Honor Against Georgia
In the first home competition of 2013 the Fresno State Bulldogs fell to the Georgia Bulldogs, 12-4 on Saturday afternoon. In Equitation on the Flat, senior Lanie Madrazo led the way winning the MVP honor for the event with a score of 78. Also winning her point on the Flat was Macy Wilson scoring a 70. In Horsemanship Kirsten McKillop won her point with a 75.5 and in Reining, Lauren Crivelli won her point and recorded the highest event score of 74.

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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