Hayley Marshall to ride for South Dakota State

Hayley Marshall

Hayley Marshall — joined by her parents, Curt and Leah, and her siblings, Erin and Connor, as well Crestview High School Principal Dexter Day — has signed a horsemanship scholarship with South Dakota State.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 04:28 PM.

CRESTVIEW — You might say Hayley Marshall is a trailblazer of sorts.

The Crestview High School graduate— who recently signed with South Dakota State University in Brookings — is the first local athlete to earn a scholarship in equestrian events.

Saddling up

“I’m going to be competing in horsemanship,” she said. “It’s patterns while you are riding the horse. It’s like (the Olympic event) dressage, only in a western style.

“I’ll be doing it on a quarter horse or whatever horse the school provides. They have about 50 horses and you have to ride a different horse every day.”

The western style is just one riding discipline offered at South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits also field a team in English riding. Approximately 30 riders are on scholarship in each discipline, but only five in each event can compete in each event.

Weekly competitions will determine who rides in the upcoming meet.

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