With spring sports teams such as baseball, softball and track attracting the headlines, Fresno State’s senior Genna Fogelberg is quietly leading the equestrian team to a winning record in the 2017 season.
“It’s going well,” Fogelberg said. “We have a winning record so far, which is good because last year we only had a few wins.”
Fogelberg’s journey from the Great Pacific Northwest to the Central Valley has been long but successful. She was born in Seattle and attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way, a midsized city south of Seattle.
At age 6, Fogelberg began riding horses and taking part in competitions to better her skills.
She then received her first horse at age 12. It helped Fogelberg practice on a daily basis while developing a friendship with her new riding buddy.
Through her years as an equestrian athlete, Fogelberg won five state championships and in 2012 was ranked fifth in her region.
Fogelberg said she created great memories in Washington state, feels homesick and misses her horse.
She said the Central Valley is fine, and she loves Fresno State and the sunny and warm weather.
Fogelberg will be graduating this year with a degree in media, communications and journalism with an emphasis in multimedia.
She plans on using her degree to work video production for professional sports teams and has already applied to her near hometown team, the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association.
Being a student-athlete, Fogelberg dedicates a lot of time into her craft, but loves to workout and make YouTube videos when she isn’t dominating the Student Horse Center.
Fogelberg said she loves traveling and competing in other centers, but there is no place like the Student Horse Center at Fresno State.
“It’s fun traveling other places, but nothing beats competing on our home turf in front of our fans,” Fogelberg said.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 6, traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma, last week to compete against Oklahoma State. Before competition, Fresno State’s overall series record against Oklahoma State was a modest 1-5. The lone Fresno State victory came in 2008 and still remains the only Bulldog victory as Oklahoma State defeated the ‘Dogs 14-5.
Fresno State ended their regular season with an overall record of 7-6 and 4-1 in conference play.
The team returns to action at the United Equestrian Conference Championships on March 24 in Dover, Delaware.