Bulldogs Jump To New Mexico
Senior Holly Elsbernd and the Bulldogs are prepared to compete against New Mexico State and Auburn.
Senior Holly Elsbernd and the Bulldogs are prepared to compete against New Mexico State and Auburn.

By Kelly Mason

March 5, 2012

FRESNO, Calif. - The Bulldogs will face two ranked teams this weekend in No. 2 Auburn and No. 8 New Mexico State, who they defeated at home in October, 15-5. Fresno State will travel to Las Cruces, N.M. to compete Friday and Saturday and with a successful team scrimmage from this past weekend, the 'Dogs are prepared to trot, jump, and slide into the arena. In the most recent Coaches Poll, the Bulldogs earned seven votes for the Top 10 only three votes away from the No. 10 spot TCU holds. Wins this weekend could possibly move the 'Dogs into the Top 10 heading into the National Championships.

Bulldog Bites
• Fresno State equestrian won the sixth annual Best in the West Invitational
• The Bulldogs (7-6) went undefeated at home for the 2011-12 season.
Kimberly HewsonBudnik leads the team with the most MVP honors earned (5).
Lauren Crivelli leads the team with the most wins this season (14).
• 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.

'Dogs Wrap Up Home Events
The Fresno State equestrian team hosted their final home competition of the 2011-12 season with a Red and Blue Team scrimmage at the Student Horse Center on Saturday. The Blue team earned the victory, upsetting the Red team 11-8. The scrimmage was structured in competition format in order to prepare the Bulldogs for their event at Las Cruces, N.M.

Bulldogs Battle In The South
In the first away competition of the spring season the Bulldogs gave Baylor a tough ride, but fell just short to the Bears (8-9) Saturday after a tight competition. Sophomore Hillary West earned the MVP in Equitation over Fences with an 83 against Baylor. On Sunday, West was the only 'Dog to earn a point against the No. 3 University of Georgia as the Bulldogs fell 17-1.



Bulldogs Earn "Best in the West" Title
Fresno State earned the title "Best in the West" Sunday at the Student Horse Center as they defeated the University of Tennessee Martin (8-7) and Texas Christian University (9-7). TCU finished in second with one win over UTM who came in third.This was the sixth annual Best in the West tournament and it was the fifth time Fresno State has won. In 2011, Fresno State finished second but returned this year to retake the "Best in the West" title.

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 Willington, 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.

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.

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