BROOKINGS – The South Dakota State equestrian team defeated North Dakota State 14-2 in an exhibition on Thursday at the DeHaan Equestrian Center.
“We had good rides across the board and it was exciting to be able to compete against a team we haven’t seen before,” SDSU coach Ellie Wilkins said. “We still have things to work on before our trip to Texas, but we’re excited to what the rest of the weekend has in store.”
In equitation over fences, the Jackrabbits won 3-1. Jacey Chorlton upended Morgan Samuelson 88-79 en route to garnering MOP honors. Taylor Duerr captured the first point for SDSU with an 83-81 decision over Kayla Young. Jessica Martinez topped Kali Carlson 86-74.
SDSU won horsemanship 3-1 to increase the lead to 6-2. Sophomore Whitney Vesey captured her first MOP accolade with a 75-69 victory over Kalina Larsen. Emily Keiser defeated Madison Long 72.5-71.5 and Nichole Zazula dropped Megan Haugen 73-71.5.
SDSU swept NDSU in equitation on the flat. Claire Garduno garnered her first MOP honor with an 87-81 mark over Kayla Young. Matilyn Skinner topped Amy Frebault 74-71, while Jessica Martinez upended Morgan Samuelson 84-82. Senior Taylor Duerr completed the sweep with an 80-67 victory over Kali Carlson.
In reining, the Jackrabbits swept again. Catelyn Hall claimed MOP accolades with a 71.5-68.5 defeat against Taylor Zimprich. Mariah Wright dropped Sheridan Heid 68-60.5 and Madison Sullivan topped Madison Long 69.5-60.5. Senior Miranda Sullivan rounded out the sweep with a 69.
South Dakota State faced off with Delaware State in equitation on the flat and horsemanship Friday morning, as the competition will be completed this morning with equitation over fenses and reining.