K-State Equestrian Rides Past South Carolina

Sophomore Larissa Laffey took home MVP honors against S. Carolina

Oct. 29, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State equestrian team continued its strong riding on Friday by defeating South Carolina, 11-9, at Timbercreek Stables. The win extends K-State's winning streak to three shows and brings its season record to 4-2.

Wildcat head coach Casie Lisabeth was pleased with how her squad pulled together to hold off a talented opponent.

"It was great to have another successful show at home today," Lisabeth said. "Our girls are riding well and, because of the close scores again, they understand more and more how important every ride is and it really is a team effort. We have some work to do as our competition schedule doesn't get any easier this year, but I am confident they will continue working hard and growing week to week."

In English, K-State squeaked past South Carolina, 772-770, and overall point total of 7-3. Kansas State was led by sophomore Larissa Laffey, who picked up a win in both, Equitation over Fences and Equitation on the Flat. The Byfield, Mass. native rode past Jeanette Collins, 75-69 and Emma Johnson, 84-83, respectively, to pick up her fifth and sixth win, which is tops for the Wildcats this season. She was also named the Equitation on the Flat MVP in her win over USC's Johnson.

As a team in Equitation on the Flat, the Wildcats dominated the Gamecocks by sweeping all five points and defeating USC by a final score of 396-386.

Junior Stephanie Patterson improved her record to 5-1 with a win over South Carolina's Logan Holler, 79-76. Meredith Finch picked up a win with a 73-72 victory over USC's Colvin Hedgepath. Rounding out the scoring for the Wildcats were freshmen Jaqcuelyn Bogstad and Rachel Webster. Bogstad edged Carolyn Curcio of South Carolina by a score of 77-76, while Webster knocked of Kimberly McCormick, 83-79.

Also tallying points on the Hunter Seat side was sophomore Kali Yates, as she defeated South Carolina's Kimberly McCormick, 82-68 in Equitation Over Fences.

In exhibition action on the Hunter Seat side, K-State senior Natasha Vincent bested USC rider Morgan Hale, 77-74.

On the Western stage, South Carolina defeated Kansas State by a final point total of 6-4, with an overall score total of 717-708.5.

In Horsemanship, sophomore Hannah Ribera picked up her fourth win of the year by out-riding Maggie Fortune of South Carolina, 75-72.5. Also picking up her fourth win of the season was freshman Kelly Bovaird, who defeated South Carolina's Taylor Singmaster, 74.5-73.5. Kansas State rider Rachel Wetherell finished out the scoring by besting Kelsey Stangebye of USC, 74-72.

On the Reining side, Kansas State freshman Kayla Hatfield tallied the Wildcats' only point of the match by out-riding Jordan Brown of South Carolina, 72-68.5.

Assistant coach Casey Finnell was proud of how the team responded against USC and is looking forward to closing out the home portion of the team's fall schedule next Friday.

"Today was another great day for our team overall and pulling out a win over a top team like South Carolina was truly a group effort," said Finnell. "On the Hunter Seat side, there were many great rides all the way around, and today the cards fell our way. I'm so proud of all the hard work our riders have done. Each day I ask them to be a little better, and each day they are. The result was a well deserved win, with the flat MVP as an added bonus. We will enjoy the victory today and then get back to work because Oklahoma State will be another tough competition on Friday."

Kansas State will be back in action next Friday, Nov. 5, as they host Big 12 rival Oklahoma State. This will be a tough test for the Wildcats as they close down Timbercreek Stables for the fall, as the spring season begins in February.

South Carolina at Kansas State
October 29, 2010
Manhattan, Kan. - Timbercreek Stables
Final Results

Equitation Over Fences
Exhibition: Colvin Hedgepath (USC) def. Jen Rawle (KSU), 68-65
Exhibition: Logan Holler (USC) def. Soffia Farrall de Cruz (KSU), 80-78
Larissa Laffey (KSU) def. Jeanette Collins (USC), 75-69
Carolyn Curcio (USC) def. Sarah Marshon (KSU), 83-78
Alex Arute (USC)* def. Shana Barnett (KSU), 85-65
Morgan Hale (USC) def. Catherine Avolese (KSU), 79-76
Kali Yates (KSU) def. Kimberly McCormick (USC), 82-68
South Carolina wins 3-2 (384-378)

Equitation on the Flat
Exhibition: Natasha Vincent (KSU) def. Morgan Hale (USC), 77-74
Exhibition: Jeanette Collins (USC) def. Melanie Hinzpeter (KSU), 76-74
Jaqcuelyn Bogstad (KSU) def. Carolyn Curcio (USC), 77-76
Larissa Laffey (KSU)* def. Emma Johnson (USC), 84-83
Meredith Finch (KSU) def. Colvin Hedgepath (USC), 73-72
Rachel Webster (KSU) def. Kimberly McCormick (USC), 83-79
Stephanie Patterson (KSU) Logan Holler (USC, 79-76
K-State wins 5-0 (396-386)

Exhibition: Tiana Shelton (KSU) def. McKenzie True (KSU), 73-72
Johnna Letchworth (USC) def. Chayna DeNicolo (KSU), 72.5-69.5
Hannah Ribera (KSU) def. Maggie Fortune (USC), 75-72.5
Hailey Thorton (USC)* def. Whitney Unkefer (KSU), 75-69
Kelly Bovaird (KSU) def. Taylor Singmaster (USC), 74.5-73.5
Rachel Wetherell (KSU) def. Kelsey Stangebye (USC), 74-72
K-State wins 3-2 (362-365.5)

Kayla Hatfield (KSU) def. Jordan Brown (USC), 72-68.5
Chole Gray (USC)* def. Alecia Zimbelman (KSU), 73.5-71
Annie Laurie McDonald (USC) def. Jordan Cox (KSU), 70.5-67
Audrey Jewell (USC) def. Sam Etsell (KSU), 71-69
Melia Blakely (USC) def. Alayna Warner (KSU), 68-67.5
South Carolina wins 4-1 (351.5-346.5)

K-State wins 11-9 (1480.5-1487)

*denotes match MVP