Wright to represent Jacks at WEF
South Dakota State Assistant Equestrian Coach Kamerra Brown selected Jackrabbit sophomore Santana Wright to represent the SDSU Equestrian team at the Third Annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., on Feb. 10.
A Port Hope, Ontario native, Wright rode into the semifinals last year at the inaugural Pin Oak Invitational in Katy, Texas, and carded the highest score with an 87 in the semi-finals to finish third overall.
Wright compiled a 4-3 record in the fall season, earning MVP honors twice in over fences.
Competition at the WEF begins on Friday at 2 p.m. in the International Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
About the Winter Equestrian Festival
The tournament runs in the NCEA head to head, bracketed format with 16 top collegiate riders from all over the country. Riders compete over an equitation course with heights up to 3'6". Competition starts at 2 p.m., with all 16 riders in the preliminary round.
The eight winners qualify for the finals in the evening, and the remaining eight compete in a consolation bracket immediately following the preliminary round.
The winner of the Consolation Bracket receives a trophy donated by Pierre and Martha Jolicoeur, and the Champion receives a trophy sponsored by the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association.
The competition expands this year to include a four rider equitation on the flat tournament that runs during the finals.