A four-year letterwinner on the Jackrabbit
equestrian team, Lydia Placzek returned to South Dakota State in the fall as a graduate
assistant for the equestrian team while she pursues a Master of Education
Degree in Instruction and Curriculum.
A native of Kearney, Neb., Placzek moves to the
coaching ranks after a standout career, where she advanced to Varsity
Equestrian National Championships twice with the Western team in 2009 and 2010
and as an individual qualifier in 2008 as a freshman.
Placzek earned points for the Jackrabbits in every event she rode in as a
freshman and took home her first MVP honor in a win over Minnesota-Crookston.
She also tied for reserve high-point rider honors that year at a spring show at
The wins increased in her sophomore year, when
she won five points in varsity competition, added section titles at IHSA shows
and helped lead the Jacks to a sweep of the section titles in a show at
Another trip to VENC followed as a junior, when
Placzek posted a perfect 6-0 record in head-to-head reining competitions with a
pair of MVP rides at Delaware State and Minnesota-Crookston.
In her final season as a Jackrabbit rider before
graduating with a degree in agriculture business, Placzek rode in all seven
varsity events, posting a 4-3 record in reining. She also competed in
horsemanship three times, compiling a 1-1-1 record.
hopes eventually become a Varsity Equestrian coach, with hopes of furthering
the sport to NCAA Championship status.