SDSU Equestrian team brings home honors |

SDSU Equestrian team brings home honors

The SDSU team has proved equally strong in all four events says their coach. Photo courtesy SDSU

The South Dakota State equestrian broke into the win column on Saturday with a convincing 13-3 win over Minnesota-Crookston at the DeHaan Equestrian Center, sweeping all four MOP honors in the process.

“It was a great day, this team has really come together this spring, proving they can be equally strong in all four events,” head coach Megan Rossiter said. “We’re going to carry this momentum into the tournament next month.”

The Jackrabbits, who improve to 1-9 on the season, won the hunt seat events 6-2, winning both flat and fences 3-1. Jordan Goodall earned MOP honors over fences with a season-high score of 87 to boost her record to 3-5. Blair Long scored a 72 for her first win of the season, while Santana Wright evened her fences record at 5-5 with a score of 70.

Blair Julia Wright led the Jackrabbits on the flat with a season-best mark of 79, earning MOP honors and improving her flat record to 5-2. Kelsey Cordell won her first match of the season in as many rides with a 73 on the flat, while Jane Mikusa evened her season record to 1-1.

On the western side, Raivenne Scott stayed undefeated on the season with an 8-0 mark in reining, where the Jackrabbits won all four points. Laura Dunlavy, a 2013 NCEA All-American, earned reining MOP and improved to 3-5 on the season with a 75.5 ride. Danielle Baker and Caroline Lesousky also improved to 3-5 on the season with reining wins.

Lexus Hoffman scored a 77.5 for her first-career MOP award in horsemanship, where the Jacks won three of the four points. Elizabeth Niewojna’s 73.5 moved her to 7-2 on the season, while Shelby Webb improved to 3-4, also with a score of 73.5.

The Jackrabbits get more than a month off before hosting UT-Martin, Fresno State and Delaware State at the Independent Championship Tournament on March 28-29 in Brookings. F

–SDSU Sports Info

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