Maxwell Adds Bogstad, Bovaird to Staff

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State equestrian head coach Casie Maxwell announced on Friday the additions of former K-State letter winners Jackie Bogstad and Kelly Bovaird to her staff for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Bogstad will serve as an assistant coach for hunt seat, while Bovaird will serve as an assistant coach for western.

“I am so excited to have Jackie and Kelly returning to our program,” said Maxwell. “Both of them were outstanding athletes and know the hard work and dedication it takes to be successful at this level. They are both bringing fresh input and great energy with them, which I know will help this team be incredibly successful.”

During her time with the Wildcats from 2010-14, Bogstad was named to the 2012 National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) All-Academic Team and was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection including a first team honor in 2012 and a pair of second team citations in 2013 and 2014. The Woodland Hills, California, native graduated in 2014 from K-State with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and a minor in leadership studies.

In the arena, Bogstad earned November 2013 Big 12 Rider of the Month honors in Equitation on the Flat. In her final season, Bogstad tallied a 1-1 record at the 2014 Big 12 Championships in Equitation on the Flat.

After graduation, Bogstad returned to California to work as an assistant trainer for Olympic Gold Medalist, Mark Watring. She taught lessons for a number of age ranges including children ages 5-14 and adults, while also learning the day-to-day maintenance of the barn and horses.

“I am so excited to be returning to K-State,” stated Bogstad. “I had the most amazing collegiate experience and have incredible lifelong memories made with my teammates. I want to be able to give that same feeling to this incredible group of ladies. I look forward in anticipation to see what this year brings. I know this team has the tenacity to win and the drive to keep going even when things get tough. I cannot wait to start the season. I know that this is going to be a fantastic year.”

Bovaird was a highly decorated western rider in horsemanship during her time with the Wildcats from 2010-14. The product of Tulsa, Oklahoma, finished her K-State career with 47 wins and 12 Most Outstanding Performer citations. In her freshman season in Manhattan, Bovaird tallied three wins at the 2011 Varsity Equestrian National Championships to help K-State to its second Reserve Varsity National Championship.

Bovaird’s career trophy case includes a 2014 NCEA Second Team All-American honor and a pair of NCEA Honorable Mention All-American recognitions in 2011 and 2012. In addition to her end of season honors from the NCEA, Bovaird also received a pair of NCEA Rider of the Month honors (March 2014 and October 2013).

Bovaird was also recognized within the Big 12 Conference for her excellence in the arena. She concluded her career as a two-time All-Big 12 selection in horsemanship and was a three-time Big 12 Rider of the Month recipient in horsemanship (March 2012, October 2013 and March 2014). In her career at the Big 12 Championships, Bovaird tallied a 6-2 record in horsemanship, which included wins in her final six appearances.

Last season while completing her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, Bovaird served as a student assistant for Maxwell. Bovaird assisted at all practices with both horsemanship and reining, as well as aid in management of the home meets. She also was responsible for coaching the western team at the 2015 NCEA Championships, while Maxwell was on maternity leave.

“I have spent the last five years with this team, four as a team member and one as a student coach,” said Bovaird about her new role. “It has truly been an experience of a lifetime. I am ecstatic to continue my time on this team as an assistant coach and to work with this amazing staff. This team works very hard and knows what it takes to be successful. I look forward to assisting them in having the best season yet.’”

Former assistant coach for western for the last two seasons, Kate Chesley, has moved into the program’s Director of Operations position for the 2015-16 season.

K-State equestrian begins its 2015-16 season on Sunday, Sept. 20 with its annual Purple-White Scrimmage at Timbercreek Stables. The Wildcats will open regular season competition on Saturday, Oct. 3 at South Dakota State. K-State enters the 2015-16 season with an 18-match home winning streak.