Feb. 4, 2013
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. - Featuring the finest collegiate riders, the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) will conduct the fourth-annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge as part of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Fla. this Friday, Feb. 8. Fresno State senior Kimberly HewsonBudnik was selected to make her third appearance at the WEF and will be competing in Equitation over Fences.
"I am extremely honored to be representing Fresno State for the third year in a row at the WEF and am very excited to see what kind of experience it will be this year," said HewsonBudnik.
The event will be conducted utilizing the NCEA head-to-head bracketed format with the top 16 collegiate riders from across the country. Participating riders will compete over an equitation course that features heights up to three feet, six inches.
HewsonBudnik currently has a 2-3 record in Equitation over Fences for the 2012-13 season, with an MVP honor against Baylor. Her average season score over Fences is a 78, with her high score of 89 coming against Baylor. In 2011-12 HewsonBudnik was named an NCEA Honorable Mention All-American and led the team with five MVP honors. Last year at the WEF, she competed in Equitation over Fences and finished sixth overall.
Preliminary round competition begins at 11 a.m., which includes each of the 16 riders. The eight winners qualify for the finals to be held in the evening session at 4 p.m., while the remaining eight horses will contest a consolation bracket immediately following the preliminary round.
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