Five Riders Added to Equestrian Roster
Interim Head Coach Eric Hubbard
Interim Head Coach Eric Hubbard

May 9, 2014

By Jillian Bertolucci

FRESNO, Calif.--The Fresno State equestrian team will add five new Bulldogs to its roster for the 2014-15 season.

Paige Pastorino, Sierra Swaffar, Kylina Chalack, Rachel Williams and Taylor Dixon signed National Letters of Intent to ride for the Bulldog equestrian team next season.

"The news riders will add depth, strength and diversity to our roster," interim head coach Eric Hubbard said. "They each bring something different to the table that will add to the overall success of our team. Their success in the horse industry proves that their horsemanship abilities will take them far in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association format."

Pastorino is an incoming freshman from Mercury High School in Burlingame, Calif. She has been competing in the Hunt Seat since she was 10 years old.

"I chose Fresno State because I love everything that the equestrian team has to offer," she said. "They are also great riders. I feel that Fresno is the perfect fit for me."

Swaffar is also an incoming freshman. She graduated from Foothill Technology High School in Ventura, Calif. in 2013. She has a diverse equitation background, and has competed in several medal finals in Southern California.

The equestrian team brought Swaffar to Fresno. "I wanted an NCAA experience while still riding in California," she said. "I am excited to be apart of a team that shares the same love and passion for horses as I do."

Chalack will be coming to Fresno State from Hugh Sutherland School in Alberta, Canada. She currently competes in the Junior Hunters category and earned sixth place at the Prairie Regional CET Medal Finals last year.

She chose Fresno State because she felt "right at home" during her visit. "I definitely felt welcome," she said. "The roster is smaller, so I will be able to get more riding time, which I find important. The whole team is supportive of you."



Williams will be coming to Fresno State from Enumclaw High School in Enumclaw, Wash. For the past seven years, she has been competing in the Appaloosa Breed Circuit where she placed in the top five at the Youth World show.

In addition to the California sun, Williams chose Fresno State because she felt like it was a good fit. "I really liked the girls on the team that I got to meet," she said. "I also liked that the team is a bit smaller." She will be pursuing a degree in electrical engineering.

Dixon hails from Smyrna High School in Smyrna, Del. In her extensive riding career, she won two Paint World Titles, four Reserve Paint World Titles, 11 Pinto World Titles and a Reserve Pinto World Title. Last year, she won the Reserve All-Around Title at the Youth World Championship Show, earning the No. 2 rank in the country.

The family atmosphere and welcoming team brought her to Fresno State. "I also liked that the school is supported by a strong agricultural community," she said.

"Next season will be tough," Hubbard said, "but with our returners and their experience competing along with the energy and talent of the incoming riders, it should prove to be a very exciting and successful season."

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