Wildcats Take Down Cowgirls

Manhattan, Kan.- The No. 2 K-State equestrian team sustained their home winning streak on Saturday evening at Timbercreek Stables, as the Kansas State Wildcats defeated the Oklahoma State Cowgirls in a head-to-head battle, 12-7.  


Noteworthy

  • Kansas State has now won 15 consecutive home meets in the last two seasons making their overall record at home, 15-1.
  • Kansas State is undefeated this season with a record of 4-0.
  • The Wildcats hold the highest ranking in National Collegiate Equestrian Association that Kansas State has secured in school history - three straight weeks at No. 2.
  • Eight of the 12 points came from underclassmen in today's match up.
  • The Wildcats took home three out of the four Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors. In Equitation over Fences: sophomore Taylor Schmidt...In Equitation on the Flat: sophomore Henley Adkins...In Reining: junior Nicholle Hatton.
  • An outstanding performer this season, Adkins now owns 9 career MOP honors and a career record of 22-20-1, which includes a 6-4 mark this season.
  • K-State has yet to be defeated in Equitation on the Flat, outscoring its opponents, 21-3.

 Equitation over Fences

  • K-State battled out the discipline with a 3-2 victory.
  • Senior captain Madison Wayda started the meet off strong with a carded score of 82 to cruised past OSU's Katie Jones, 40.
  • Sophomore Alexis Graves, then, secured the point against Carly Barrick by a score of 85-83, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 lead at the beginning of the day.
  • Schmidt downed her first ever career MOP honor as she devastated Jorden Davis of Oklahoma State, 87-84, and is now (9-0-1) as a Wildcat and gave the Wildcats a 3-0 lead at the beginning of the day.

Equitation on the Flat

  • K-State was a powerhouse in the discipline as they had a shut out of 4-0 triumph over Oklahoma State.
  • Again for the Wildcats, Wayda claimed her stomping grounds as she rode past OSU's Katie Jones in a 79-72 victory.
  • Sophomore Gretchen Koenen kept her winning streak in tact as she defeated Kendall Pedigo, 80-76.
  • Schmidt fed off of Koenen's point as grasped her own point by a 81-58 decision against Allison Joyce.
  • In a reride match, again, Adkins gave nothing but her best between Jorden Davis of OSU as she outscored her opponent, 83-74. 

Horsemanship

  • The Cowgirls notched the victory today as the Wildcats' fell short, 4-1.
  • Sophomore Alyssa Lombardi carded a score of 71 to ride past Oklahoma State's Ty Paris, 66.5, gaining a point for Kansas State.

Reining

  • The Wildcats notched the victory in Reining by a score of 4-1.
  • K-State received scoring rides from freshmen Heidi Schmitz and Brynn Critcher as well as upperclassmen Savannah Smith, captain, and Nicholle Hatton.
  • Schmit tallied her third career win with a conquest over Julia Purus, 67.5-63.
  • Smith clinched her 20th career win and third season win by riding past OSU's Brenna Brawner, 68.5-68.
  • Hatton received her second MOP this season and in her career as she carded a score of 69.5 to defeat Ebba Lange.
  • Critcher is now 2-2 this season as she claimed another title against OSU's Danielle Cohen, 67-66.5. 

Quotes
K-State Head Coach Casie Maxwell

  • "It is definitely nice to finish off a strong home streak. It builds a lot of confidence for our girls. Oklahoma State is one of the toughest opponents that we have faced all fall. It is good confidence for them going into a tough finish to the Fall on the road so they are going to have to maintain this momentum on the road as we finish up these next two weekends."
  • "We just really went back to the basics. It is nice to get back to those fundamentals and not have to be in a time crunch to prepare for the next competition and practice the next patterns. That was really nice. We have not had that for quite awhile and that was really good for the girls and the horses."

Western Rider Nicholle Hatton

  •  "I think that the month off gave us a lot of fuel. We came out and competed today and we were hungry for that victory. We rode very well and clean. We just went out there and rode the horses we had and did our best. That month off really motivated us."

Hunter Seat Rider Henley Adkins

  •  "I thought our team came off really strong from the start today and killed it in Equitation over the Fences and maintained that all the way till the end. It was a lot of positive energy."

Hunter Seat Rider Taylor Schmidt

  •  "I have been working really hard as well as my other teammates have, it just felt good to get my first ever MOP. The horse was Spot and he was very good for me today. I was pleased with my ride."

Coming up Next

  • No. 2 Kansas State will go on the road for the first time this season as they will take on No. 5 TCU and No. 1 Baylor on November 14 and 15 in Texas.