The Fresno State equestrian team will compete in its first regular season competitions this weekend in Texas as they face SMU, Baylor and Texas A&M.
Nov. 6, 2012
By Kelly Mason
Complete Weekly Release
The Fresno State equestrian team will compete in its first regular season competitions this weekend in Texas. They kick off on Thursday, Nov. 8 in Dallas, Texas as they take on No. 10 Southern Methodist University. Then Friday, Nov. 9 the Bulldogs will compete against No. 5 Baylor in Waco, Texas and then complete the weekend trip in College Station as they compete against No. 4 Texas A&M.
Scouting The Competition:
Currently ranked No. 5 in the nation with a 3-3 record on the season.
Most recently fell to No. 1 Georgia, 14-10, at the Willis Family Equestrian Center in Waco, Texas.
Currently ranked No. 10 in the nation with a 3-2 record on the season.
Most recently fell to No. 4 Texas A&M, 9-3, in a Hunter Seat competition at the Brazos Valley Expo Center in College Station, Texas.
Currently ranked No. 4 in the nation with a 3-2 record on the season.
The western team defeated No. 8 TCU, 5-4, and swept the MOP awards in a home meet last Friday, Oct. 26.
Red vs. Blue Scrimmage
The Fresno State Equestrian team hosted an intersquad scrimmage Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Fresno State Horse Center. The team separated into two teams, Red vs. Blue, and competed in English Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences as well as Western Horsemanship and Reining. Blue defeated Red 11-8. In English, Hannah Flammang received MVP in Equitation on the Flat and Macy Wilson received the Equitation over Fences MVP. In Western, freshman Sydney Elliot performed well in Horsemanship and Rio Haack had a solid performance too.
Bulldogs Receiving Votes
Every two weeks a Women's Intercollegiate Equestrian National Coaches' Poll is released naming the Top 10 teams in the country. The collegiate coaches competing under the National Collegiate Equestrian Association's umbrella initiated the national poll. Fresno State ranked ninth in the preseason poll, and have been receiving votes for the Top 10 bi-monthly without even having a regular season competition.
Daye Leads The Bulldogs
Collins Daye, hired on August 14, 2012 as the fourth head coach in program history, brings with her national championships and an equestrian knowledge that can advance these riders to the next level. Collins inherits 27 returning riders, 13 English and 14 Western, two of whom were NCEA Honorable Mention All-Americans (HewsonBudnik and Crivelli) and Macy Wilson who was the first NCEA All-American in program history.
Daye's Outlook On Tough Competition
"I truly think on any given day that you're competing it's a tossup of who is going to win," said Daye. "You have to be strong and not make mistakes, but I believe our girls have the talent to beat anybody in the country without question. Any time you compete with top schools, like Georgia, you can't make mistakes. Everyone on our team just has to step up to the plate and be ready to go."
Senior Spotlight: Kimberly HewsonBudnik
Kimberly HewsonBudnik, a redshirt senior from Westlake Village, Calif., enters her final season as a Bulldog. She returns from an outstanding junior year where she was named an NCEA Honorable Mention All-American in 2012. During the 2011-12 season, she competed in 21 total events, picked up seven wins on the Flat and four MVP honors. Over Fences, HewsonBudnik picked up three wins and one MVP honor. Her season high score came on the Flat against Baylor with an 86. She competed at the Winter Equestrian Festival to compete in the inaugural Equitation on the Flat event. She brings experience and success as she enters her senior season.
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