Equestrian adds seven for 2012-13
The South Dakota State equestrian team added seven riders to the 2012-13 roster, all of whom indicated their plans to enroll at South Dakota State and compete for the Jackrabbit equestrian team.
A hunt seat rider, Marielle Golden comes to South Dakota State from from Boca Raton, Fla., where she began riding at age five and showing at nine. She competed up and down the East Coast in the three-feet and three feet six inches, and showed horses at prestigious shows such as Pony Finals, Marshall and Sterling Finals, Winter Equestrian Festival, ASPCA Medal Maclay and Interscholastic Equestrian Association finals.
Norfolk, Neb., native Jessie Miller brings her perfect 4.0 high school grade point average to the western squad. Miller received numerous honors in American Quarter Horse Association, National Reining Horse Association and American Paint Horse Association shows, receiving national and state titles, including the prestigious Central Plains Reining Horse Association Year End High Point Award. In addition to her riding skills, Miller also stays Involved in the community through extra-curricular activities including; Future Business Leaders of America, Foreign Language Club and School Leadership Committee.
Lexus Hoffman brings her horsemanship skills to the Jackrabbit equestrian team from Whitewater, Wis., where she won multiple American Quarter Horse Association Regional Championships and high point youth titles. She also brings with her an extensive show record, including top-10 finishes at the Quarter Horse Congress.
Caroline Lesousky hails from Gainesville, Fla., where she established a solid horse foundation and a versatile riding career. She won a top-10 Appaloosa Youth World Title, along with a National Horse Show Top-10 and Georgia Appaloosa Horse Association high point performance horse award. Lesousky also brings experience competing abroad in the European National Horse Show.
A Douseman, Wis., native, Elaina Johnson achieved great success in equitation, children's hunter division, junior hunter division and in the Jumper ring. She also worked with top trainers in the Midwest and makes a great addition to the hunt seat team.
Amanda Murray brings a wealth of experience to the western squad, specifically horsemanship; with her from her hometown of Mesa, Ariz. An active member of her community's volunteer outreach program, Murray acquired more than 350 performance points and 11 register of merit awards to go along with many American Paint Horse Association World Show titles.
A Rio Rancho, N.M. native and transfer from the University of New Mexico, Alisha Haddock, brings a strong foundation of equine experience to the team. She received the American Quarter Horse Association Justin's Rookie of the Year award, along with American Quarter Horse Youth World Show contender and multiple New Mexico State Quarter Horse Youth Association year-end awards. With proven talent in the show ring, Haddock also brings a competitive GPA at which she plans to use in order to attend veterinarian school.