SDSU equestrians add trio of hunt seat riders
January 24, 2014
The South Dakota State equestrian team added three hunt seat riders during the early signing period for the 2014 Jackrabbit equestrian team:
Alissa Greenwald – Overland Park, Kan. (Shawnee Mission West H.S.)
Melissa Kerr – Granville, Ohio (Granville H.S.)
Emily Kerr – Saugus, Calif. (Saugus H.S.)
Alissa Greenwald comes to SDSU from Overland Park, Kan., where she currently shows in the children's hunter and medal equitation divisions. She won the prestigious 2013 Carol Durand Challenge Trophy for high point equitation rider at the American Royal, and won the United State Equestrian Federation Medal at the Zone 7 finals at the National Equestrian Center in St. Louis, where she also won the 2013 Zone 7 children's hunter championship.
A Granville, Ohio native, Melissa Kerr currently shows in high children's jumpers. An Interscholastic Equestrian Association member for six years, Kerr qualified and competed at the regional, zones and national level, and earned United State Hunter Jumper Association Gold Medal Champion and Gold Hunter Reserve Champion honors in 2012.
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Emily Kerr, no relation to Melissa Kerr, hails from Saugus, Calif., and transfered to SDSU after her freshman year at California State University, Channel Islands. She won various year-end awards including 2008 year-end Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association Large Pony Hunter Champion.
In 2009, she won year-end LAHJA Large Pony Hunter Champion again; along with year end LAHJA Best Pony Rider and year-end Interscholastic Equestrian League Freshman Equitation/Hunter/High Point Rider Champion (2'6").
In 2013 Emily won the year-end Interscholastic Equestrian League Varsity Hunter Championship (3'6") as her high school teams IEL team captain. F