Equestrian Comeback Falls Short Against Cowgirls

Rachel Wetherell

March 30, 2012

Photo Gallery 

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Riding in its home arena in front of the biggest crowd of the season, the Forth-seeded Kansas State equestrian team took top-seeded Oklahoma State to the wire, before falling to the Cowgirls, 9-7, Friday in the first round of the 2012 Big 12 Equestrian Championship at TimberCreek Stables.

"Our team was really good today, but at the end of the day and mainly in Reining, there were just too many small mistakes," said K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth. "I thought that the first three events were some really great, close rides and that is how you want a championship to be. It is a bummer to lose on your home court and you hope that does not happen but it did. We have to come out tomorrow and play for third, not fourth."

In Hunt Seat action, Oklahoma State downed K-State, 5-3, with the Cowgirls taking the point in Equitation on the Flat, 3-1, while the two squads tied in Equitation Over Fences, 2-2.

Junior Meredith Finch was the lone point scorer for K-State in Equitation on the Flat, as she out-rode Oklahoma State rider Jordan White, 160-147. The Somerville, Ohio, native has now amassed a total of eight wins on the season, with five of those victories coming against Big 12 opponents.

Junior Kali Yates and freshman Madison Wayda each notched an individual point for the Wildcats in Fences action. Yates, who missed much of the 2012 spring season due to injury, rode past Oklahoma State's Samantha Harrison, 160-149, to pick up her fourth win of the 2011-12 season.

Wayda knocked off Sarah Gesick of Oklahoma State, 152-151, to card her ninth win of the year, which is tops for a K-State newcomer. Although she fell to her Cowgirl counterpart in Equitation on the Flat, Wayda was the only Wildcat English rider to compete in both Hunt Seat disciplines on the day.

Overall on the Western side, K-State and Oklahoma State tied, 4-4, with the Wildcats and Cowgirls matching scores in Horsemanship and Reining.

All-Big 12 riders Kelly Bovaird and Sam Etsell continued their successful seasons by knocking off their Oklahoma State counterparts; Bovaird downed OSU's Marissa Dalton, 150-133, in Horsemanship, while Etsell clipped Cowgirl Jenna Blumer, 133.5-121, in Reining.

Sophomore Rachel Wetherell picked up her sixth victory of the season, as she slipped past Oklahoma State's Lindsey McMullen, 152-151.5, in Horsemanship action.

Freshman Jesse Johnson closed out the scoring for the Wildcats in Reining as she rode past Big 12 Reining Co-Rider of the Year, Katy Krshka of Oklahoma State, 136-134.5, to tally her seventh win on the year.  

K-State will be back in action on Saturday morning, beginning at 10 a.m., as they face the second-seeded Baylor Bears, in the consolation round of the 2012 Big 12 Equestrian Championship.

Oklahoma State and defending Big 12 champion, Texas A&M, will clash for the Big 12 Championship title, beginning at 10 a.m., tomorrow at TimberCreek Stables.  Both programs are seeking their second conference crown, as Oklahoma State took home top honors in 2009 and Texas A&M captured last year's Big 12 title.

Updates of Saturday's action will be available throughout the day on the official Twitter accounts of K-State athletics (@kstatesports and @kstate_gameday) and the Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference).

Directions to TimberCreek Stables: TimberCreek Stables is located at 9000 Elk Road, on the east side of Manhattan. From Kansas State University, drive east on Bluemont Avenue, turn right onto Tuttle Creek Boulevard. Turn left onto Highway 24 and go roughly 3 miles. Turn left onto Green Valley Road. Turn right onto Elk Creek Road. TimberCreek Stables is approximately 1/2 mile on the right-hand side. Parking will be available in the grass just off the main driveway.