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Jackrabbit equestrian tops No. 3 Georgia

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/17/2012 17:30:04

The South Dakota State equestrian team rode to an 8-8 tie with No. 3 Georgia on Saturday at the DeHaan Equestrian Center, but the Jackrabbits won the tiebreaker by a tight 1,201-1,198 margin to secure the win.

"This was a huge win for us today," head coach Megan Rossiter said. "Every single rider rode well, which is what it takes to beat a team of this caliber.  This win sends our riders into tomorrow show against New Mexico State feeling confident and strong."

Santana Wright led the way for the Jacks over the two day show, which started with hunt seat events on Friday. The senior scored points in both fences and flat, where she earned MVP honors for the third time this season. Overall, Wright improves to 3-4 on the flat and to 1-5 over fences.

Fellow seniors Megan Schiffman and Lauren Kerr also picked up points on the flat, where Kerr boosted her record to 5-1 and Shiffman to 1-5.

The Jackrabbit reiners continued to ride well, namely Laura Dunalvy and Jana Basler, who both won points and both improved to 5-1 on the season.

Shelby Webb and Danielle Baker both won points in horsemanship. Baker evened her season record to 3-3 with the win, while Webb improves to 2-1.

Now 3-3 on the season, the Jackrabbit equestrian team returns to action on Sunday against No. 9 New Mexico State at the DeHaan Center. The riding begins at 8 a.m.