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Back in the Saddle
K-State's Jacquelyn Bogstad competes in Equitation on the Flat against Oklahoma State at Timbercreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on November 5, 2010. (Photo by Scott D. Weaver)
February 1, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
In November, K-State equestrian hunter seat Jacquelyn Bogstad went a perfect 3-0 in Equitation on the Flat.
She recorded wins over No. 10 SMU's Adeline Audette and UT-Martin's Rachel Crinklaw (where she earned Most Outstanding Player honors for her season-high 94 points) before capping off the month with an 80-70 victory over No. 4 Georgia's Kylee Arbuckle.
The month was a success for Bogstad, and it did not go unnoticed as she was named November's Big 12 Rider of the Month - her first career recognition.
While as of recent the senior from Woodland Hills, Calif., has been turning heads and putting up impressive scores in the arena, the road through her collegiate equestrian career hasn't been an easy one.
In 2012, Bogstad suffered a ruptured disk in her spine, and it wound up fusing to her nerves. It was an injury that made everything painful, especially riding.
Despite riding in pain, Bogstad continued to compete. Her 2012 fall record was 2-5-2 with her two wins coming over West Texas A&M and South Carolina.
By that December, Bogstad would undergo back surgery to correct the ruptured disk and was forced to sit on the sidelines the entire spring season.
"I think I got to see a little more of the coaching side of it, but it was really frustrating at the same time because I just wanted to get back in the saddle and compete," Bogstad said about the months she sat out. "It was frustrating, but it was definitely a good look to get to see the other side of things."
Her watching and learning paid off in the fall, resulting in her perfect month of November and her recognition from the league.
"It was really exciting for me to compete again just because I was successful early in my first years, then starting my junior year my season wasn't great because I was in so much pain," Bogstad explained. "Since I wasn't able to compete in the spring, it was exciting to finally get past that point and start getting wins against big-name schools."
After an exciting fall season where she and her entire team enjoyed success, Bogstad now hopes to finish off her collegiate career this spring better than ever.
"I'm really sad to be graduating, but I'm excited to finish our season just because we were so strong in the fall," explained Bogstad. "That makes me really excited to see what the spring brings. I think that it is going to be very successful for all of us."
The Wildcats finished the fall season with a 6-3 record and will kick off its busy spring season today at South Dakota State.
Last year, the Wildcats defeated the Jackrabbits, 13-6, at Timbercreek Stables and hope for similar results today as they compete up north.
The slate ahead is blank as K-State looks forward to the spring season, and for Bogstad, there is no goal too big for this talented group of riders.
"I want to keep showing well, and I really want our team to win a National Championship," she said with a smile. "I think that would be the perfect ending for my career here, and we have what it takes. With Big 12s and Nationals, we have a very good shot at being very successful."
For more information on today's competition and the K-State equestrian team, click here.