Equestrian signs two riders
The South Dakota State equestrian team signed two riders to National Letters of Intent, indicating their plans to compete on the Jackrabbit equestrian team in the fall of 2014.
“These last two additions round out a talented class of freshman,” head coach Megan Rossiter said. “Both riders bring extensive experience and a competitive background that should benefit the team right away, we’re excited to see them in the fall.”
A hunt seat rider from Rochester, N.Y., Taylor Duerr Qualified and competed at the 2013 New England Equitation Finals in junior medal and at the 2013 Interscholastic Equestrian Association in Varsity Open Regions Zone 1 Region 6. She finished seventh over fences at the 2014 Devon Horse Show in the amateur-owner 3’3” and won multiple championships in the amateur-owners 3’3” and the adult medals from 2013 to 2014. She also won The Cortabel Farm Hunter Derby at the 2013 Folly Classic and earned titles at the Child Adult Hunter Classic and the Junior Medal Classic.
Out of the ring, Duerr earned Brighton High School’s Technology Award in 2013 and also earned four varsity letters in Alpine Ski Racing.
A western rider from Crestview, Fla., Hayley Marshall won the Northwest Florida Quarter Horse Association All-Around Youth Award in both 2012 and 2013, she also twice participated on the National Youth Activity Team Tournament team at the American Quarter Horse Congress representing the NWFQHA. Additional, she earned equitation finalist at the Dixie Nationals novice championships in 2012 and reserve champion in youth equitation in 2013.
Marshall also excelled in the classroom as a four-year member of the National Honor Society and graduated as an honor senior superlative as chosen by faculty members for character.
An AP Scholar and four-year member of the color guard in high school, Marshall earned a bit to the rifle and dance line as a sophomore and advanced to a first officer as a senior. She also volunteers with the Boy and Girl Scouts to help scouts earn their horsemanship merit badges.