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Jackrabbits out-ride Pioneers

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 02/23/2013 18:46:20
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The South Dakota State equestrian team earned its sixth straight win on Saturday at the DeHaan Equestrain Center with an 11-5 win over the Sacred Heart Pioneers, boosting the Jackrabbits record to 6-3 on the season.

SDSU rode each event strongly, resulting in a 2- 2 tie in equitation over fences, a 3- 1 victory in reining, a 2-1 victory in horsemanship and a 3- 1 victory in equitation on the flat for the Jackrabbits.

"We had a great day, I was very happy with how everyone rode," head coach Megan Rossiter said. "The ladies applied what we worked on this week and came well prepared. They all supported each other and worked as a team. Every individual contributed to today's success."

The Jackrabbits earned all four MOP honors as well, with freshman Marielle Golden in equitation over fences, junior Laura Dunlavy in reining, senior Kelsey Champagne in horsemanship and senior Megan Schiffman in equitation on the flat.

"I couldn't have asked for a better draw. Caesar and I both gave it our all, which is an amazing way to end my senior season at home," Schiffman said. "I'm beyond proud to have been a part of such a hardworking and talented team of horses and riders."

In equitation over fences, Golden and sophomore Jordan Goodall earned points for the Jackrabbits. Dunlavy, senior Jana Basler, sophomore Raivenne Scott and freshman Jessie Miller scored points in the reining arena. Champagne and fellow senior Hillery Baysinger rode for their points on the horsemanship side, as well. Completing the day in equitation on the flat, Schiffman, Golden, and junior Santana Wright won their rides for the Jackrabbits..

South Dakota State hosts SMU in a hunt seat only show on Sunday, and then travels to Fresno, Calif., next week to compete in a doubleheader against Fresno State and New Mexico State.

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