Wildcats Come Up Short In Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla.-The No. 9 Kansas State equestrian team looked to pick up its first Big 12 road victory of the season as the Wildcats traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Saturday afternoon, but the Cowgirls came out on top with a 13-7 victory at the Animal Science Arena.


Noteworthy

  • Kansas State is now 5-7 on the season and 1-3 in Big 12 play.
  • Four of the seven points came from underclassmen in Saturday's matchup.
  • The Wildcats fell just shy in both disciplines against the Cowgirls falling in Hunt Seat,7-3, and in Western, 6-4.
  • K-State registered one Most Outstanding Performer(MOP) honor as sophomore Taylor Schmidt captured her second MOP of the season in Equitation on the Flat.

Equitation over Fences

  • The Cowgirls notched the victory as the Wildcats fell short, 4-1.
  • Freshman Molly Dunn carded a score of 80 to ride past OSU's Allie Joyce,80-76,gaining a point for Kansas State.
  • Dunn picked up her first career triumph as a Wildcat gaining a point for the Wildcats in the discipline.

Equitation on the Flat

  • K-State battled hard in the discipline but fell to OSU, 3-2.
  • Sophomore Christina Martinelli started the discipline off strong with a carded score of 84 to cruise past OSU's Maggie Drysch, 84-76.
  • Sophomore Taylor Schmidt then secured the point against Jorden Davis by a score of 86-74 and is now (14-9-1) as a Wildcat.

Horsemanship

  • The Wildcats came out fighting at the beginning of the day in Horsemanship as they dropped a 3-2 decision in favor of the Cowgirls.
  • The Kemper sisters etched the two points for the Wildcats.
  • Freshman Paige Kemper has been riding extremely well for the Wildcats as she rode past OSU's,Paris Nottingham, 74-72.5.
  • Junior captain Danielle Kemper carded a score of 71.5 to defeat Ty Paris, 71.5-70.
  • Kemper is now (8-3) this season while earning one MOP.

Reining

  • The final score in Reining Saturday was 3-2, as K-State fell to OSU.
  • K-State received scoring rides from senior captain Savannah Smith and junior Kara Guy.
  • Smith tallied her sixth win of the season with a win over Erin Willoughby, 68-66.
  • Guyis now (6-5-1)this season as she claimed another title against OSU's Ebba Lange, 66-65.5.

Quotes
K-State head coach Casie Maxwell

  • "We made a lot of good strides in the arena today and adjusting on the things we have identified on the last few times on the road," said head coach Casie Maxwell. "Our energy and preparation was great, and the team moral stayed strong through the very last ride. I know we are statistically in a slump, but it truly does not reflect our teams' level of productivity lately."

Sophomore Taylor Schmidt

  • "I felt really good about my ride today. The rider before me had a little trouble with the hoarse," said Schmidt. "I was confident in my warm up and my horse trusted me. I felt like I was able to pull off a good ride today, and I was really happy with that."

Coming up Next
No. 9 Kansas State will return to Manhattan to defend its home turf as it takes on No. 2 TCU at 10 a.m., February 20, at Timbercreek Stables.