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Jan. 20, 2003

Fresno, Ca. – Fresno – The USC Equestrian team finished third overall in the California Division 1 Equestrian Classic behind Auburn and Oklahoma State on Saturday. The huntseat team was second behind Auburn and the western team tied for fifth with Georgia. Sophomore Tara Brothers won the championship flat class and was named second in the jumping championship. She won both sections of her flat and fences classes.

Senior Brooke Spitzer won her section of hunt seat flat. Sophomore Kerrie Reeves was second in western horsemanship. “We had a good day overall,” Coach Duncan said. “The horses were fun and the atmosphere was exciting all day. Our team had a few mental errors in both hunt seat and western but as a whole, we rode well. I was proud of the team’s effort”

The Berry show scheduled for March 1 and 2 has been canceled and in it’s place will be two days of hunt seat competition at Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia. Their horses are still experiencing health problems and are in self imposed quarantine. The Zone 5 finals have been moved from Berry College to Georgia Southern Untiversity on the same dates as before.

Team Placings: 1. Auburn, 2. Oklahoma State, 3. USC, 4. Texas A&M 5. UGA, 6. Fresno State

Results: Hunt seat Flat: 1. Tara Brothers, 1. Brooke Spitzer 4. Sarah Tomasi 4. Tracy Tomala Hunt Seat Fences: 1. Tara Brothers, 3.Brooke Spitzer, 5 Sarah Tomasi, 5. Tracy Tomala Championship Flat: 1. Tara Brothers, 4. Brooke Spitzer Championship fences: 2. Tara Brothers

Western Horsemanship: 2. Kerrie Reeves 3. Courtney Borton 4. Laura Pipkin 6. April Payne Reining: 3. Laura Pipkin 4. Kerrie Reeves 5. April Payne, 6. Courtney Borton