The best riders from a number of southern California colleges competed at Clark Ranch in the first horse show of the season.
The top riders from Cal Poly Pomona, USC and USF joined riders from UCSD, bringing together over 60 riders to compete in 80 events.
Cal Poly won the Saturday competition and USD was tops during Sunday’s action.
UCSD had a number of strong performances from their women riders..
Freshman Heather Thurgood had the most impressive performance for UCSD. This was her first competition at the collegiate level, but she did not act like it was.
Thurgood took the High Point Rider Championship by placing second in the intermediate equitation over fences, and first in the intermediate equitation on the flat. This combination made her top point-earner of all the riders.
Lisa Calvina placed second and third in the Open over fences on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Katie Bradly placed second in the novice category over fences and Zoe Jarocki finished just behind her for third. Morgan Messing placed third in the novice flat on Saturday and second on Sunday. Cindy Hung took second in the beginning walk/trot.
“”I’m out to do the best I can so I can help the team,”” Hung said.
UCSD has a very young team this year, with only five returning riders.
“”We have a couple of new members to the team,”” Hung said. “”We have a couple of strong captains.””
Next up for UCSD will be a show in Pomona Nov. 18 to Nov. 19.
Friday, Nov. 17
* Ice Hockey vs. Sacramento State at UTC, 10:15 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18
* Cycling at Eucalyptus Grove, all day.
* Women’s Rugby, Scrum by the Sea Tournament, Warren Field, all day.
* Equestrian at Pomona, all day.
* Men’s rugby vs. University of Nevada at Nevada.
— compiled by Robert
Fulton, Sports Editor