Equestrian adds trio of hunt seat riders
The South Dakota State equestrian team added three hunt seat riders during the early signing period, all of whom gained acceptance to South Dakota State University and indicated their plans to compete on the Jackrabbit equestrian team in the fall of 2014.
The three additions include:
Alissa Greenwald – Overland Park, Kan. (Shawnee Mission West H.S.)
Melissa Kerr – Granville, Ohio (Granville H.S.)
Emily Kerr – Saugus, Calif. (Saugus H.S.)
Alissa Greenwald comes to SDSU from Overland Park, Kan., where she currently shows in the children’s hunter and medal equitation divisions. She won the prestigious 2013 Carol Durand Challenge Trophy for high point equitation rider at the American Royal, and won the United State Equestrian Federation Medal at the Zone 7 finals at the National Equestrian Center in St. Louis, where she also won the 2013 Zone 7 children’s hunter championship.
In addition to her work in the ring, Greenwald also excels in the classroom as a four-year honor roll student, two-year member of the National Honor Society member and as a member of the Spanish National Honor Society.
A Granville, Ohio native and younger sister of former Jackrabbit Lauren Kerr, Melissa Kerr currently shows in high children's jumpers. An Interscholastic Equestrian Association member for six years, Kerr qualified and competed at the regional, zones and national level, and earned United State Hunter Jumper Association Gold Medal Champion and Gold Hunter Reserve Champion honors in 2012.
In the summer of 2013, Kerr participated in the Emerging Athlete Program and earned Champion of Chagrin Valley Farms Children's Jumpers. She recently won the USHJA nomination for the United State Equestrian Federation Youth Sportsman's Award and garnered a nomination for USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year as well. (
A member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, Kerr expects to graduate with top honors.
Emily Kerr, no relation to Emily and Lauren Kerr, hails from Saugus, Calif., and transfers to SDSU after her freshman year at California State University, Channel Islands. She began riding nine years ago and her competitive streak began in 2008 with her large pony. Together they won various year-end awards including 2008 year-end Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association Large Pony Hunter Champion and placed fourth in the 2008 LAHJA Pony Medal Finals.
In 2009, she won year-end LAHJA Large Pony Hunter Champion again; along with year-end LAHJA Pony Equitation Champion, year end LAHJA Best Pony Rider and year-end Interscholastic Equestrian League Freshman Equitation/Hunter/High Point Rider Champion (2’6”).
In 2011 and 2012, Emily won the Year End IEL JV Hunter Champion (3’0”) and in 2013 Emily won the year-end Interscholastic Equestrian League Varsity Hunter Championship (3’6”) as her high school teams IEL team captain.
Aside from riding, Kerr avidly volunteers for the Salvation Army and graduated in the top 20 percent of her graduating high school class.