Daye Hires Former 'Dog as Assistant
    HewsonBudnik will stay on with the equestrian program as assistant hunt seat coach after finishing her four-year career.
    HewsonBudnik will stay on with the equestrian program as assistant hunt seat coach after finishing her four-year career.

    September 6, 2013

    By Jillian Bertolucci

    jillbertolucci@gmail.com

    GoBulldogs.com


    FRESNO, Calif. --- Fresno State equestrian coach Collins Daye announced Friday that former student-athlete Kimberly HewsonBudnik has joined her coaching staff as the assistant hunt seat coach.

    "She's one of the most talented student-athletes that I've had, and her skill on the horse is unquestionable," Daye said. "It's been really fun the past couple of weeks seeing her in the ring, working with the girls and how passionate she is about the program."

    HewsonBudnik, a strong competitor in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences, led the Bulldog equestrian team as captain, earning nine MVPs throughout her career. She was named National Collegiate Equestrian Association Honorable Mention All-American in Equitation and was invited to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

    "I'm in my comfort zone. This is my family." HewsonBudnik said. "It's really nice to be back and support everyone after finishing my years of eligibility."

    The `Dogs open the season with a weekend on the road, starting at the University of South Carolina on Sept. 27. The `Dogs travel to Auburn on Sept. 28 and finish the weekend at Daye's Alma Mater, the University of Georgia, on Sept. 29.

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