'Dogs Celebrate a Successful Season
Junior Kirsten McKillop
Junior Kirsten McKillop

May 9, 2014

By Jillian Bertolucci

FRESNO, Calif.--The Fresno State equestrian team recently celebrated a successful season with a Derby-themed year end banquet and fundraiser hosted by the Saddle Club of the Bulldog Foundation at Fort Washington Country Club. Friends and family came to honor the riders' accomplishments.

Multiple awards were given to individual players throughout the evening to commemorate successes on and off the field. The Award of Excellence went to senior English rider Hannah Flammang.

For the second year in a row, junior Kirsten McKillop was awarded Horseman of the Year. This is awarded to a rider who always uses horsemanship both in and out of the arena by always being mindful to the horses.

Most Outstanding Player awards were given to riders in each event. Senior Belle Calkin took home the MOP for Equitation over Fences. For Equitation on the Flat, junior Macy Wilson earned the honor. Freshman Taylor Brown took the MOP for reining, and sophomore Sydney Elliot earned the award for Horsemanship.

Calkin was then awarded Most Unflappable, or most composed, for her rides in the Hunt Seat. Elliot took home this award for her Western rides.

Freshmen Sarah Schroeder and Brown earned the Most Determined awards for working tirelessly on improving and excelling in their events.

For Equitation over Fences, Schroeder also earned the Great Expectations award. Another freshman, Savannah Bernard, earned this award for Equitation on the Flat. McKillop received this award for Reining, and freshman Maddy Robinson earned it for Horsemanship. This is awarded to riders who have exceeded expectations, setting the bar even higher for next season.



Brown earned her third award of the night, becoming Rookie of the Year. Brown had a successful freshman year, earning a spot in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association All-American class and taking home several MOPs.

Flammang earned the Most Improved award for the Hunt Seat. Freshman Calle Hinkle received this award for her Western rides.

McKillop was given the Work Horse award. This award is given to a rider who went above and beyond when working in the barn, classroom and arena. The last award of the night was the Sportsmanship award, given to Flammang.

Fresno State finished a successful season with a record of 5-6. Interim head coach Eric Hubbard recently added five riders to his roster for the 2014-15 season.

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