No. 10 Wildcats Head South for Tough Doubleheader

MANHATTAN, Kan. – After falling to Oklahoma State, the No. 10 Kansas State equestrian team sets its sights south for a doubleheader in Athens, Georgia on Friday at 9 a.m. CST, to take on No. 2 Georgia followed by No. 8 Fresno State.

“This weekend will be an extremely tough challenge for our team, but we are looking forward to the opportunity to play two really good teams,” said head coach Casie Maxwell. “We rode well against OSU and hope to build off of that road confidence against Georgia and Fresno State this weekend.”

The Wildcats look for revenge against both Bulldog teams’, as K-State lost a tough battle against Fresno State last fall, 12-8. The last matchup between K-State and Georgia was in the second round of the NCEA Championships last spring, as K-State dropped a 10-5 decision.

A trio of juniors will lead the Hunt Seat team once again: Henley Adkins, Christina Martinelli and Taylor Schmidt, as well as sophomore Molly Dunn. The Wildcats will look to juniors Gretchen Koenen and Rory Reichelt in Equitation on the Flat as well as sophomores Halle Kutsche and Daniela McCormick in Equitation over Fences to complete the Hunt Seat lineup

K-State’s triple threat of seniors Danielle Kemper, Kara Guy and Nicholle Hatton will guide the experienced Western team in the head-to-head battles on Friday.

Kemper is 4-2-1 this season in the Horsemanship arena and will feed off her rhythm so far this season to guide the Horsemanship team. Joining Kemper in Horsemanship will be fellow senior Emily Castellini, juniors Sydney Anson and Alyssa Lombardi and sophomores Ashley Anderson and Paige Kemper as they look to be a threat in the discipline.

The Wildcats will look for Guy and Hatton to pave the way for the Wildcats in Reining. Hatton has really stepped up this season with a 5-0-2 record. Kemper, who picked up her first ever career MOP in the Reining discipline against OSU, will look to feed off of the momentum in her ride this weekend. Sophomores Brynn Critcher and Kali Retzler, who have combined a 4-4-1 record this season, will look to pick up points for the Wildcats in the arena.

Live updates for the match against Georgia and Fresno State can be found on K-State’s Gameday Twitter account, @kstate_gameday.

Fences:
Henley Adkins
Molly Dunn
Halle Kutsche
Christina Martinelli
Daniela McCormick
Taylor Schmidt 

Flat:
Henley Adkins
Molly Dunn
Gretchen Koenen
Christina Martinelli
Rory Reichelt
Taylor Schmidt

Horsemanship:
Ashley Anderson
Sydney Anson
Emily Castellini
Danielle Kemper
Paige Kemper
Alyssa Lombardi

Reining:
Brynn Critcher
Kara Guy
Nicholle Hatton
Danielle Kemper
Kali Retzler