April 29, 2003
Equestrian Prepares For IHSA National Finals
The Bulldogs are preparing to travel to Murfreesboro, Tenn. May 1-4, to participate in the International Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Finals, hosted by Middle Tennesee State University. In the team competition, the 'Dogs will be competing as the Zone 8 champion against 14 teams from around the country. Three top riders that will be competing for individual titles are junior Dawn McIntosh in Intermediate Equitation on the Flat, junior Amanda Hancock in Novice Equitation over Fences and senior Amanda Smith in Novice Equitation on the Flat. There will be 17 riders competing as well for the team competition. Last year, Fresno State finished third in the national judging competition, during the first appearance with a judging team.
Bulldogs Take Sixth at Varsity Championship
The equestrian team traveled to College Station,Texas last weekend and competed in the 2003 Varsity Championship. The Bulldogs captured seventh place out of 12 schools in the English competition with 21 points and sixth place out of eight schools with seven points. Overall the 'Dogs captured sixth place. Georgia was the overall winner of the competition. The top riders at this competition were junior Michelle Tonello with first place in Open Fences. Tonello is also to be considered one of the top riders on the team with an English Reserve Championship title from the Cal Poly show and first place in Open Flat at Cal Poly. Sophomore Taylor Mason grabbed second place in Reining, Christina Webb with fourth place in Western Horsemanship, junior Dawn McIntosh with fifth place in Open Equitation on the Flat and senior Jennifer Levenfeld with fifth place in Reining. The 'Dogs finished in eighth last season at the Varsity Championship.
'Dogs Capture Reserve Championship Title
The Bulldogs traveled to Cal Poly Pomona and competed in the Zone 8 Finals on April 5. Ten riders qualified to compete in nationals. Each rider had to place in first, second or third in order to qualify. Fresno State captured the reserve championship title with 48 points. The Bulldogs won five out of eight English classes in team competition.
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