Equestrian falls 11-8 at UT-Martin
MARTIN, Tenn. - The South Dakota State equestrian team won the Western portion of the competition on Sunday au UT-Martin 6-4, but fell 7-2 in the hunt seat events, which gave the Skyhawks the 11-8 win.
Despite not coming away with an overall team win, interim head coach Joe Humphrey thought the team competed on every ride and that they can use this show to improve and get ready for the rest of the season.
"We definitely showed some rust early in the day after a four month layoff, but put together several strong hunt seat rides. Ashley Marrin and Megan Violand did score wins for us in their respective disciplines, and we were very happy with the effort of several others," Humphrey said. "The horsemanship riders came out looking really sharp from the get-go on several difficult horses. Even after Amy Mandelke had to re-ride after one was granted to the UT-Martin rider, she competed against; she won both rides. Angela Gebhart was outstanding again, winning the Reining MVP after scoring a 72 on a horse her opponent zeroed on, which also marked the high score for the day. This served us well as a tune-up for the Bulldog Invitational in two weeks at Georgia; UT-Martin will be there also so we might see them again real soon.
Marrin scored the Jacks only point on the flat with a 75-point ride, while Violand, fresh off her strong showing at the WEF Challenge, scored a 76 in equitation over fences to earn a point for the Jackrabbits.
Holzworth also scored a point for the Jacks in reining, while Gebhart took home MVP honors with her 72-point ride.
The Jackrabbits return to action this weekend with an IHSA hunt seat show in River Falls, Wis., before heading down to Athens, Ga., for the Bulldog Invitational on Feb. 25-27.