Best In The West Is Back
Senior Horsemanship captain Sammie Jo Stone will compete in her fourth Best in the West tournament this Saturday-Sunday.
Senior Horsemanship captain Sammie Jo Stone will compete in her fourth Best in the West tournament this Saturday-Sunday.

Feb. 13, 2012

By Kelly Mason

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State is hosting the sixth annual Best in the West Invitational this weekend at the Student Horse Center. The Bulldogs will host Texas Christian University and the University of Tennessee Martin in a head to head competition, where the winner will be named "Best in the West." The competition runs all day Saturday and Sunday and it is free to the public. The 'Dogs have hosted five tournaments, winning four of them. The first competition was in the 2006-07 season where the 'Dogs defeated South Dakota State, Delaware State, SMU, TCU, and University of Tennessee-Martin for the title. In 2011, the Bulldogs finished in second to top ranked team then, No. 8 Baylor.

Bulldog Bites
• The Bulldogs (4-4) went undefeated at home during the fall season.
Kimberly HewsonBudnik leads the team with the most MVP honors earned (5).
• Fresno State was ranked in the top 10 National Coaches' Poll three times during the fall season.
• Collegiate equestrian is now governed by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association.
• Fresno State equestrian is hosting its sixth annual Best in the West Invitational this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, 2012.

West Finishes In Top 8
Sophomore Hillary West was one of 16 riders to compete at the Annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge on Friday, Feb. 10 in Wellington, Fla. She defeated her opponent in the first round of Equitation over Fences with a score of 66, moving her to the finals that evening. She scored a 62 in the final round, falling just short in her match up. Kimberly HewsonBudnik was one of four riders to be invited by the NCEA to compete at the WEF in Equitation on the Flat. She scored a 135 in the first ever Flat competition for this event.

'Dogs Show Well At Scrimmage
The equestrian team kicked off the year with a Red vs. Blue team scrimmage at the Fresno State Student Horse Center on Saturday, Jan. 28. The scrimmage ended in a tie (11-11) with the Blue team taking the Hunter Seat events (7-3) and the Red team taking the Western events (8-4). Sophomore Hillary West, a member of the Blue team, picked up two MVP honors at the scrimmage for her solid performances in Equitation on the Flat (75) and Equitation over Fences (83). Katelyn Haynes was the MVP in Horsemanship (75) and Sydney Coletti was named MVP in Reining (72).



Collegiate Equestrian Makes Progress
In an effort to further advance equestrian to a NCAA championship sport, the entity formally known as Varsity Equestrian has established a new association to become the voice for the sport of equestrian within college athletics. The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) was founded to be the catalyst for growth of varsity level equestrian competition.

No. 10 Bulldogs Win Final Fall Event
In the last competition of the fall season the Bulldogs English team defeated Stanford's English team 9-4 and earned two MVP honors. Senior Kimberly Steinbuch (Equitation on the Flat) and sophomore Belle Calkin (Equitation over Fences) performed the strongest rides at the competition each earning an MVP honor.

"We Are Your Team!" - The Fresno State equestrian team will host its sixth annual Best in the West tournament this Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Fresno State Student Horse Center.

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