Aggies Ride Past Wildcats in Top-10 Dual

Emily Stockford

March 2, 2012

College Station, Texas – The fourth-ranked Kansas State equestrian team battled hard with third-ranked Texas A&M most of the day but it was not enough as the Aggies took down the Wildcats, 14-10, on Friday at the Brazos Country Expo Complex.

Friday’s match marked the last time that K-State (5-5) will face Texas A&M (8-2) in a Big 12 Conference regular season match-up as the Aggies will become the 14th member of the Southeastern Conference next season.  

“The Horsemanship squad had an amazing show today against arguably the most talented squad in the country,” said K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth. “But overall, we made too many mistakes against a really great team and that is what kept us out of the win. We have shown a lot of improvement in different areas but we still need to be better in the overall ride. A huge congratulation to Meredith Finch for earning MVP honors in Equitation on the Flat. She had an outstanding ride today.”

In Hunt Seat action, Texas A&M bested K-State, 8-4 as the Aggies captured both Equitation Over Fences and Equitation on the Flat by a score of 4-2.

Juniors Meredith Finch, who garnered match-MVP honors on the day, and Larissa Laffey paced K-State in the Equitation Over Fences arena with victories over Aggie riders Maggie Earle and Lia Chaffee, respectively. Both riders continue to have success against top competition as Finch was named Big 12 Rider of the Month back in October, while Laffey earned the same honor for the month of November.

K-State’s Sarah Mershon picked up the first of two points for the Wildcats in Equitation on the Flat, with a 73-50 victory over A&M’s Kori Pickett. Fellow sophomore Shana Barnett closed out the scoring for the Wildcats in the event as she knocked off Emily Williams of A&M, 83-80, to card her third win of the year.

In the Western arena, K-State and A&M tied at 6-6, with the Wildcats taking the win in Horsemanship, 4-2 and the Aggies carding a 4-2 victory in Reining.

In Horsemanship, a foursome of Wildcats shined against the Aggies, with Kelly Bovaird, Hannah Ribera, Whitney Unkefer and Rachel Wetherell all besting their A&M counterparts. Bovaird, Ribera and Unkefer all earned their seventh wins of the year while Wetherell notched her fourth win of the season.

Wildcat rider Emily Stockford tallied the first point for the K-State Reining squad as she edged Emma Meyers of Texas A&M, 66.5-65. Today’s win marks the fifth-straight victory for the sophomore from Cave Creek, Ariz., which currently stands as the longest such streak for K-State this season.

Freshman Jesse Johnson captured the second and final point for the Wildcats in the discipline by out riding Aggie rider Lindsey Burnbaum, 73-70.5. Johnson’s win total now stands at five on the year.

K-State will close out the second day of its Texas road trip as the Wildcats will again face a top-10 opponent in the sixth-ranked Baylor Bears, Tomorrow’s action is schedule to get underway at 10 a.m., from the Willis Family Equestrian Center in Waco, Texas.

Scores and information on tomorrow’s match will be posted on kstatesports.com as they are made available. Up-to-the-minute updates for the Wildcat equestrian team are also available by following @kstate_gameday on Twitter.